Kansas lawmakers consider less ambitious educational goals

Mar 19, 2018 by

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers suffering sticker shock over a report saying that improving the state’s public schools could cost an additional $2 billion a year began Monday to consider setting less ambitious educational goals than the ones that led to the big price tag.

The out-of-state consultants behind last week’s study provided new, lower estimates tied to more modest goals for improving the state’s high school graduation rate and students’ performance on standardized tests. Some Republican lawmakers who were stunned by last week’s report appeared less anxious after the consultants testified during a committee meeting Monday.

Legislators are facing a Kansas Supreme Court mandate to increase spending on public schools after it ruled in October that the current education funding isn’t sufficient under the state constitution. GOP leaders commissioned the consultants’ report, with some Republicans hoping it would show that the state already was spending close to enough money.

Source: Kansas lawmakers consider less ambitious educational goals | WTOP

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