Archive for Thursday, January 27, 2005

Mission seeks cost of education

January 27, 2005

— Facing a court order to fix school finance, Kansas' No. 1 school funding guru is on a secret mission, apparently to find out how much a public school education costs.

Dale Dennis, deputy commissioner of education, has been polling districts and will give a report soon, Rep. Kathe Decker, R-Clay Center, said.

Decker, chairwoman of a select committee on school finance, said the request was made by an unknown state official and Dennis' questions used to gather facts were secret.

"Until he delivers that to the person who requested it, he cannot divulge any information," Decker said. Dennis declined to discuss the matter.

The issue of how much a public education costs is a controversial subject. The Kansas Supreme Court has declared that the Legislature has failed its constitutional duty to fund schools at an adequate level, and it has said lawmakers need to change the way school funds are distributed.

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