Student Performance and Efficiency Commission

A new Kansas commission tasked with creating efficiencies within the state's public school system is beginning a two-day meeting on Thursday at the Statehouse.

A draft recommendation prepared for consideration by the K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission shows the panel is considering many proposals.

One calls for offering school districts incentives to consolidate. Another calls for overhauling how teachers are paid.

Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed an educator to the last open spot on a new Kansas commission that will examine ways to make public schools more efficient.

But a spokesman for the state’s biggest teachers’ union says earlier appointments by a legislative leader show that the panel will have an anti-public schools agenda.

On Wednesday Brownback named Hoisington High School principal Meg Wilson to the Student Performance and Efficiency Commission. He previously appointed superintendents Bev Mortimer of Concordia and Jim Hinson of Johnson County’s Shawnee Mission district.