65 percent threshold is arbitrary, unscientific

Gov. Sam Brownback should listen to the head of his school efficiency task force, who noted that the focus on getting 65 percent of school funding “into the classroom” isn’t very useful. “The 65 percent is really an arbitrary number, and there’s no science behind the fact that it either does or does not provide an optimal education for kids,” Ken Willard, a Kansas State Board of Education member from Hutchinson, told lawmakers this week. He also noted that the federal data that Brownback has used to complain about school spending doesn’t include costs that most people would consider instructional, such as counselors and librarians.