Reviewer gives high marks to school spending study



March 30, 2018 - 11:00 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An independent reviewer has backed the validity of a study that found improving Kansas’ public schools could cost an additional $2 billion a year.

Jesse Levin, a principal researcher at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C., told a joint meeting of the House and Senate K-12 budget committees Thursday that the study conducted by Texas A&M University professor Lori Taylor and Jason Willis, director at the San Francisco-based nonprofit education research agency WestEd, was “fairly cutting-edge and done very, very well.”

Lawmakers hired Levin to conduct a peer review of the study, which found that Kansas would need to spend an additional $1.8 billion to $2.1 billion a year on education to boost its high school graduation rate to 95 percent and raise significant numbers of students up to grade level or college readiness on statewide reading and math tests, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

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