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A new online submission form allows Kansas residents to share school funding inefficiencies they have witnessed to Governor Sam Brownback's School Efficiency Task Force.
Brownback said the online portal will help the task force understand how state decisions impact choices on the local level.
"Inefficient spending impacts Kansas taxpayers at every level, from the state general fund to local property taxes," Brownback said. "The state has increased total spending on education by almost $1 billion since 2000. Many school districts have raised taxes on local property owners during that same time period.
"Moving forward, we owe it to Kansas taxpayers to ensure those resources are used as efficiently and effectively as possible."
The task force was created to form guidelines for how funding is spent. The Kansas Department of Education reports 54 percent of funding goes toward classrooms and instruction.
"While task force members are researching and analyzing where inefficiencies are occurring in our education system, we also want to hear directly from Kansans who have their own ideas and suggestions on how to make our schools more efficient," said Task Force Chairman Ken Willard.
Brownback received criticism because of a lack of educators on the task force. He announced Iola Public Schools Superintendent Brian Petarek has been added.
The task force's next meeting is Nov. 9.