Kansas School Reform Panels Continues Meeting
September 19, 2014

(AP) – A new commission looking for efficiencies within Kansas’ public school system has school consolidation and teacher pay proposals on the agenda as its two-day meeting continues.

The K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission was scheduled to hear a report Friday on why districts carry over unspent money for use in future years. Commissioner member Mike O’Neal says he wants to know why districts’ unspent balances are climbing.

Commissioners also are considering a host of cost-saving proposals. One calls for offering incentives for district to merge or cooperate. Another proposal would change the traditional teacher salary schedule, which ties pay to education and years of experience, to a salary range that takes into account experience and area of expertise.