Kansas Lawmakers Catch Up On Efficiency

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas lawmakers are getting a full immersion in education spending and policies, with another week of joint meetings by the House and Senate Education Committees.

The meetings are meant to bring the large number of new legislators up to speed on school finance issues and related topics.

Members of the two panels heard Monday from State Board of Education member Ken Willard, who also chairs the School Efficiency Task Force created last fall by Gov. Sam Brownback. The task force was charged with finding ways for public schools to put more of their state funding directly into classrooms.

Willard outlined the panel's 12 recommendations for the lawmakers Monday. He says the goal isn't to cut funding for schools but to reduce inefficiencies in such areas as purchasing and data collection.