Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Democratic leaders are questioning Gov. Sam Brownback's decision to appoint a task force to find efficiencies in Kansas schools without naming a single teacher or administrator to the panel.
The Republican governor named the task force last week, saying he was concerned that schools aren't spending enough money on classroom instruction. Several accountants, a State Board of Education member and the governor's budget director were appointed to the panel.
Democrats said Tuesday that it would have been proper to include at least one teacher or administrator to have input on the task force from people who work inside schools.
Brownback's administration says school districts aren't meeting a law of spending 65 percent of state aid on classroom instruction. Democrats counter that the requirement is a goal, not a law.