The School Efficiency Task Force
Governor Sam Brownback’s Kansas School Efficiency Task Force is looking for ways to get more bang for the education buck. They want to see how to get 65% of every state dollar spent into the classroom.
The task force began with the criticism that it’s made up of accountants, and there are no teachers or other professional educators in the group. Wichita school superintendent John Allison is concerned that the Task Force will miss the outside-the-classroom expenses of education … such counselors, social workers, and transportation.
I can understand resentment on the part of educators at allowing accountants to give them advice on educating children. But believe me, the business world is run by accountants … looking for extra dollars and efficiencies and higher profits … with little concern about the professionals they scrutinize and advise.
The Task Force is looking for monetary efficiency. The best education for Kansas kids may not be part of their mission.
Our thought for today is from Erica Jong:
“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.”