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Kansas House Speaker Merrick appoints Kansas Chamber leader O’Neal, KPI president Trabert to school study commission

June 10, 2014


— House Speaker Ray Merrick has appointed two vocal critics of the state public school system to a commission that will make recommendations to the Legislature on how to make schools more efficient.

Merrick, R-Stilwell, appointed former House speaker Mike O'Neal, now president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, and Dave Trabert, president of the Kansas Policy Institute, a conservative think tank.

The K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission was part of the school bill approved in April that provided additional funding to schools in response to a Kansas Supreme Court order, and a number of policy changes.

The nine-member commission will make recommendations to the Legislature before next year's legislative session.

The remaining members of the commission have not been announced. Three will be appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback, two by Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, and one each by Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, and House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence.

Trabert said he was honored to be appointed to the commission. "Public education costs a lot of money but a large body of research shows that student outcomes are impacted by how money is spent rather than how much," he said.


Bruce Bertsch 3 years, 11 months ago

Fox put in charge of hen house, film at 11.

Dave Crook 3 years, 10 months ago

This guy is a paid lobbyist, you can't get more biased. Trabert cannot find the truth and announce it, he absolutely must follow the script if he is to stay employed. As a consequence all the "research" he presents is pre-skewed to fit his employer's agenda.

Bob Forer 3 years, 11 months ago

Let's quit the charade and simply appoint one of the Koch boys.

Greg Cooper 3 years, 11 months ago

We did. Are you not familiar with Dave Trabert, née Koch?

Julius Nolan 3 years, 11 months ago

What a joke, a sad one. Trabert and O'Neal, Dumb and Dumber, you can decide which is which. Just go ahead and announce what the Kochs want and start implementation. Hopefully the court will still throw out the entire "so-called" law the legislative idiots passed.

Lynn Grant 3 years, 11 months ago

Unbelievable! No....wait....this is Brownbackiztan isn't it? More good appointments by Sammie and his crew! Love how they carefully choose these people to run (ruin) the state.

Amy Varoli Elliott 3 years, 11 months ago

Hopefully our taxe money will not be used to line the pockets of these two losers. And don't be offended when no one believes your findings neither of them have any credability.

Julius Nolan 3 years, 11 months ago

These two losers are well paid by the Kochs using our tax money thanks to the Kochs lackey. AKA brownie along with his lapdog legislators. They will continue to steal taxpayer money until the GOP is eliminated from Kansas.

3 years, 11 months ago

Soon our kids will be allowed to learn only what Wall Street & the Financial Industry will allow them to learn.  They will learn about worker insecurity...about the few jobs from here on out so... DO NOT rock the boat.  Life is a game of chance now... no need for critical thinking.  Remember who owns the government.  The 1%.  They write your paychecks & the rules when you are on or off the "corporate work clock".  Democracy is for the sick & elderly.  Be poor when it's your turn.  Everyone is insecure monetarily.  Those who imagine a life without this insecurity will be medicated to help recover from this delusion or sickness which infects most people eventually.  Most of you can't handle reality.  So medicate yourselves to mitigate the pain.  Go to Disney World.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago

ALEC board member Merrick appoints according to ALEC guidelines.

William Weissbeck 3 years, 11 months ago

I was sure that incest was against the law in Kansas. The US House Select Committee on Benghazi has more balance - and we already know where that one is headed. I know the Kansas committee is to engage in fact finding, but it appears that may be a pretty tall order if the members are ideologues. I seem to recall an earlier GOP complaint that some other large, far reaching legislation was rammed down their throats by the other party that refused to listen to their concerns.

Phillip Chappuie 3 years, 11 months ago

This is a most reprehensible action on the part of Merrick. To openly and blatantly stack the deck from the outset is despicable. But this is the type of behavior Kansans have come to expect from this bunch of unethical hooligans currently running rampant in Topeka. O'Neal and Trabert are possibly the worst choices anybody could make for this so called "study". It reminds me of the pre-KanCare state wide information tours that were conducted a couple of years ago. Those things were pre-scripted with predetermined results. I would not be surprised if ALEC has already drafted the report. Jeezz. Get out and vote so we can get some government that will work for Kansas and not the corporate oligarchy.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 years, 11 months ago

So two people who are against public education are going to be in charge of making public schools more efficient? Do people in rural Kansas realize that there won't be "for profit" private schools beating down the doors to come to their communities, let alone more than one to create competition? Do they realize that they will have to figure out a way to educate their children on their own, because our once great state will drop their responsibility? The ones with money will send their children to boarding schools, but those of you who are poor or middle class will have to pay for expensive homeschool curriculums and figure out who is going to watch and guide their kids while they go to work. Look at your school, and I'll bet a huge majority of you will say your school is doing a good job, but these 2 guys will try to convince you that they are failures. Get ready. Hold on, the propaganda is about to begin.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm thinking it's time to consider Impeachment proceedings against ALEC Board member Ray Merrick for woking behind closed doors with that secret group ALEC.

Bob Reinsch 3 years, 11 months ago

Is this the Lawrence Journal World or The Onion? I'm waiting on the punchline.

MerriAnnie Smith 3 years, 11 months ago

I shudder to think of how many ignorant (there is just no better way to say it) Kansans will read the names Trabert and O'Neal and have no idea they are talking about shills for the Koch brothers in their efforts to destroy the Kansas public school system, among other things.

Most Kansans will never know that the Koch brothers got a huge tax break, and the middle class is having to make up for it, and that tax money the Koch brothers saved is being spent to hire people like O'Neal and Trabert to help the further buy this state for their own personal profit - to get laws enacted that bolster their own profits at the expense of services to Kansans who are paying for those services.

It is the biggest Robin Hood reverse scheme this country has ever seen. Steal from the middle class and poor to pay the rich man.

Larry Sturm 3 years, 11 months ago

Let's have some open meetings with a tv camera in the room so everybody can see how little they know about schools and how stupid they are. ALEC BROWNBACK AND CREW ARE BAD FOR KANSAS.

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