Friday, October 5, 2012

School efficiency task force to hold first meeting on Monday

By SCOTT ROTHSCHILD, The Lawrence Journal-World

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.