Teachers shut out of school task force

Teachers aren’t happy that they weren’t allowed to testify before Gov. Sam Brownback’s task force on school efficiency. The task force is wrapping up its work, and chairman Ken Willard said it didn’t have time to hear from teachers (though he encouraged them to submit written testimony). “It is disappointing when our input is not sought and it isn’t even welcomed in some circumstances,” Karen Godfrey, president of the Kansas-National Education Association, told the Lawrence Journal-World. Union spokesman Mark Desetti complained that no amount of efficiencies “can make up for what has already been cut out of school budgets, and no amount of efficiencies can make up for what is potentially going to be cut as the governor’s tax bill takes effect.”