Two committees jump into state government efficiency report's major education-related recommendations

Two committees Wednesday jumped into the state government efficiency report’s major education-related recommendations.

The Alvarez & Marsal report calls for reducing what it calls excess cash reserves held by school districts and consolidating K-12 health plans. A&M says $193 million in cash balances could be used to offset future education funding.

Here is a link to KASB’s testimony.

In the Senate Ways and Means Committee, A&M Senior Director Michael Imber said the group established its study in education as respective of local control.

He said school districts’ reserve balances have grown because school leaders have feared state cuts.

That drew sharp pushback by Ways and Means Chairman Ty Masterson, R-Andover, and Jeff Melcher, R-Lenexa, who said school funding continues to increase.

Since 2009, school districts have faced mid-year reductions in funding in 2009, 2010 and 2015 and reduced funding from prior years in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The A&M recommendations were also examined by the House Education Budget Committee.

Key Republicans have said they want to analyze the A&M recommendations and then possibly write legislation addressing them, but no bills have been introduced yet.

February 18, 2016