Kan. House Panel Ponders School Consolidation

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, October 12, 2009

A Kansas House committee is considering consolidation of public school districts as a way to help the state with its budget problems.

But Appropriations Committee members were reminded Monday why legislators have avoided pursuing the idea aggressively.

More than half of the state's general revenues, or about $3 billion, goes to aid to Kansas' 293 school districts. With the state struggling to keep its budget balanced, some Appropriations Committee members are looking for ways to cut costs.

But Andy Tompkins, dean of the College of Education at Pittsburg State University, said the real savings would come only when school buildings close and teaching staffs are reduced. Tompkins is a former Kansas education commissioner.

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