The head of a school efficiency task force has presented recommendations to lawmakers in Topeka. The House and Senate education committees are meeting jointly this week to review education issues. Governor Sam Brownback formed the task force to look for ways to spend education funding more efficiently. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more on the meeting.
The head of a school efficiency task force laid out a dozen recommendations today (MON) before a committee in the Kansas Legislature. The panel endorsed cutting back teachers’ bargaining rights and reviewing tenure, so administrators have more flexibility in hiring and firing. They also recommended merging school district administrations and redrawing some district boundaries. One legislator said that sounds like consolidation, but the panel's head, state Board of Education member Ken Willard, says the task force was careful to avoid that phrase.
Governor Sam Brownback appointed the task force. Lawmakers are now considering the recommendations and will choose whether to pursue any of the suggested changes.