Legislative interim committee to hear from school “choice” advocates

The legislative committee that meets between sessions to discuss education issues will hold its first meeting tomorrow and Thursday, and their agenda has been published. In addition to presentations by staff of the Kansas Legislative Research Department and the Office of the Revisor of Statutes, there are 2 presentations by staff of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice (which boasts on its website that it’s known as “the nation’s original advocate of school choice” and “the nation’s leading advocate of vouchers”), 2 presentations by Dave Trabert, who is both paid president of the Kansas Policy Institute (which favors school choice, free-market approaches, individual liberty, limited government and low taxes) and a member of the ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force. There is only one presentation by Mark Tallman, Executive Director of the Kansas Association of School Boards, and no presentations by any educators, or school administrators. Here’s the full agenda:http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/committees/ctte_spc_2013_special_committee_on_education_1/documents/agenda/weekly/20131106.pdf

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