Gov. Sam Brownback is stepping up his crusade against inefficient schools by launching a new online portal where Kansans can report examples they've seen.
And they can do so anonymously.
Those who have "witnessed or experienced" inefficiencies can go online to report them to the governor's new School Efficiency Task Force at this website.
“While task force members are researching and analyzing where inefficiencies are occurring in our educational system, we also want to hear directly from Kansans who have their own ideas and suggestions on how to make our schools more efficient," said Task Force chair Ken Willard.
"We hope to hear from a lot of Kansans who take a few minutes to go online and share their thoughts with us."
The governor is concerned about school spending because one report showed that only 54 percent of total school funding winds up in the classroom.
Willard also announced the group’s next meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 9 will focus on spending decisions at the district level.
He said the task force will receive a report from a representative of the Kansas Association of School Boards Efficiency Task Force and presentations from other district level education officials.
Presenters will be asked to identify best practices for reductions in administrative overhead and shed light on policies that limit their efforts to spend taxpayer money as efficiently as possible.
Brownback said it was important for the task force to have a clear understanding of how state decisions impact local decisions.
“Inefficient spending impacts Kansas taxpayers at every level, from the State General Fund to local property taxes.," he said. "The state has increased total spending on education by almost $1 billion since 2000. Many school districts have raised taxes on local property owners during that same time period.
"Moving forward, we owe it to Kansas taxpayers to ensure those resources are used as efficiently and effectively as possible,” Brownback said.