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Governor Brownback defended his school spending task force during a Wichita speaking appearance Friday, and he said he will not cut funding for K-12 education. The governor was the speaker for a luncheon meeting of the Wichita Pachyderm Club, a local Republican group.
The governor said 46 percent of education funding goes to overhead, and does not make it into the classroom. He says that percentage is too high, and his task force will be looking for ways to lower that and get more money to classroom activities. The governor has been criticized for not appointing school officials to the task force, but he said he is pleased that the Kansas Association of School Boards has created its own task force to look at education spending.
The governor said the focus of the task force is on efficiency, and he also wants to get 4th grade reading levels up. He said about 28 percent of Kansas 4th graders cannot read at basic levels, and that's a real problem. He said his administration has been putting more money into public schools.