School finance study contractor will be in Topeka for two days of meetings, discussion

The contractor conducting the school finance study will make a presentation to legislators and then meet with school administrators on Friday and Saturday. Both meetings are open to the public.

Dr. Lori Taylor’s study, which is expected to cost $245,000, will be part of the Legislature’s response to the Kansas Supreme Court ruling that the school funding system is inadequate. Her completed report is scheduled to be delivered March 15 which is approximately seven weeks from the court’s April 30 deadline for the Legislature to propose a remedy.

Taylor’s meeting with legislators will be conducted by House and Senate education committees beginning at 10 a.m. Friday in the Old Supreme Courtroom in the Statehouse. Then on Saturday, she will meet with school administrators from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at KASB headquarters, 1420 SW Arrowhead Rd. in Topeka.

Taylor is professor and director of the Robert A. Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy at Texas A&M University. She has done extensive research on school funding issues.

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