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School efficiency task force to hold first meeting on Monday

October 4, 2012


— Gov. Sam Brownback's new school efficiency task force will hold its first meeting on Monday and hear from public school advocates and detractors.

Scheduled to appear before the task force are state Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis; Kansas Association of School Board lobbyist Mark Tallman; and Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert, who has been a frequent critic of school funding levels and the academic performance of Kansas schools.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. in the Statehouse.

Brownback appointed the 10-member task force last week, and charged it to work on ways to cut costs and provide a greater percentage of state resources to support instruction.

Democrats have criticized the makeup of the task force because none of Brownback's appointees work in schools. But Brownback's office said he wanted the task force members to have finance and budgeting expertise. Six members of the task force are CPAs, including Brownback's budget director Steve Anderson.


buffalo63 5 years, 7 months ago

As long as this isn't an attempt to have vouchers and funnel taxpaper's money into private hands. KPI advocates "free market" solutions to problems. 2 of the KPI Board members had ties to Koch Industries. Noticed the lack of education experts on the schedule.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 7 months ago

Maybe skyboxes at the football stadiums. Taxpayer money well spent.

chootspa 5 years, 7 months ago

That's exactly what this is about. It's an excuse to introduce ALEC model legislation by giving it the cover of a committee recommendation.

costello 5 years, 7 months ago

We have a new DMV task force now too.

"The task force will include representatives from law enforcement, county treasurers' offices and car dealers, among other industries and offices."

Why not a half dozen CPAs and assorted others who know nothing about the issues at hand?

Glenn Reed 5 years, 7 months ago

Without people who have training and expertise in education on this "task force," this whole thing is a farce.

You don't assign the task of improving a pizza production line unless you have someone who knows how to make the pizza to begin with.

The results of this whole thing has got to be planned out already.

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