Kansas lawmakers are scrambling to save money. Some believe one way to do that would be to create a statewide health insurance pool for public school teachers. The House K-12 budget committee started work on that issue today (THUR), digging into an efficiency study that suggests such a pool could save the state up to $80 million a year. Mark Tallman, with the Kansas Association of School Boards, says he has little confidence in the study because he says the data is thin. Still, he's open to the idea.
Governor Sam Brownback is counting heavily on teacher health insurance savings to help balance the budget.