Last Friday afternoon, the joint K-12 Education Budget and Senate Select Committees received a briefing from its attorneys, Jeff King for the Senate and Curt Tideman for the House, on the results of the commissioned report from Texas A&M University concerning the cost of a suitable education in Kansas. This independent study reviewed the history of litigation against the state, as well as reviewed previous studies of K-12 education funding. Many had speculated that the report would endorse the philosophy that there was no link between student performance and funds allocated to education. Instead, the report argued that the state might need tospend up to $2 billion over the next five years for education if we truly want to increase performance outcomes for all students across the state. You can read the report in its entirety here.
We arrived back in Topeka yesterday (Wednesday) after a five day “break” that included a Town Hall meeting, a house party to give a legislative briefing, and several meetings with constituents. I also squeezed in a quick visit to see my parents and sisters in Springfield, Missouri. Twenty-four hours is not nearly enough time to really enjoy a nice happy hour and a rousing game of scrabble. But, we managed to do both and have a nice dinner together and I am grateful for that. By Tuesday, I was back in Overland Park attending the Overland Park Chamber’s “State of the City” luncheon with Mayor Carl Gerlach and several hundred other community members who are energized by all that’s going on in one of the “best” cities in the country!
Joy has blogged extensively about her experience and activities during the legislative session.