A task force created by Gov. Sam Brownback to review the Kansas system for funding public schools held its final meeting Monday in Topeka.
The group was formed by Brownback to look at how funds are spent by school districts and identify areas for improving fiscal efficiency.
Brownback has said school districts should focus more of their resources on classroom instruction and find ways to reduce spending on functions that don't affect teaching. Some ideas that have been discussed are sharing administrative resources and purchasing power.
Kansas teachers and administrators are working with the state Department of Education to develop an evaluation system to measure their performance.
The evaluation system, called the Kansas Education Evaluation Protocol or "KEEP" is a pilot program being used in about two dozen districts statewide. It is part of the state's efforts to comply with the requirements of a federal waiver it received under the No Child Left Behind Act.
More than four years after the Wichita school district stopped transporting students across town to racially integrate schools, the district has taken another step toward being freed from a voluntary busing agreement.
The Wichita School Board voted this week to approve a new contract with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. The move gives the agency six months to tell the district whether it's released from the busing agreement.
Education funding is a leading issue for many Kansans this election year and when voters go to the polls Nov. 6 they will be choosing between vastly different philosophies on how to create and maintain effective, efficient K-12 public schools.
Funding for public schools in Kansas has been a hot topic in the state legislative races this year, and for good reason.
Despite major cuts, more than half of the state’s budget is still spent on public schools.
Yet performance has been lackluster in many districts and among the state’s minorities.
Kansas legislative Democrats launched their own online survey on schools Monday, to counter a new website created by Governor Sam Brownback's administration.
Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley and House Minority Leader Paul Davis said their site will gather suggestions for finding school spending inefficiencies - like the governor's - but it will also collect success stories of how schools are operating.
Three school districts in Kansas have stopped using the official state assessment tests for student performance. The districts have switched to tests prepared by ACT, which is known for college entrance exams.
The Kansas Board of Education Wednesday voted not to include the ACT test scores in the state’s official report card provided to the federal government. Including the ACT scores would lower the state’s overall grade.
“When we’re discussing assessment results, we can’t compare oranges and apples,” says board member Jana Shaver from Independence.