Session of 1997
HOUSE BILL No. 2387
By Representatives Garner and Wells
9 AN ACT establishing a task force on the impact of class size on education
10 quality; prescribing the membership and duties of the task force.
12 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
13 Section 1. (a) There is hereby established a task force on the impact
14 of class size on education quality. The task force shall be composed of
15 eight members as follows:
16 (1) Three persons who shall be from the general public and repre-
17 sentative of the governor, appointed by the governor;
18 (2) four legislators, one each of whom shall be appointed by the
19 speaker of the house of representatives, the minority leader of the house
20 of representatives, the president of the senate, and the minority leader
21 of the senate;
22 (3) the commissioner of education, or a designee of the commissioner
23 appointed by the commissioner.
24 (b) The governor shall make appointments to the task force in such
25 manner that one of the persons appointed is a classroom teacher em-
26 ployed by a school district to teach pupils in kindergarten or any of the
27 grades one through three, one of the persons is a member of the board
28 of education of a school district, and one of the persons is an active mem-
29 ber of a parent-teacher association.
30 (c) Within 30 days after the effective date of this act, the commis-
31 sioner of education shall call an organizational meeting of the task force
32 in Topeka. At such meeting the task force shall organize and elect a
33 chairperson and vice-chairperson from the membership of the task force.
34 (d) The task force may meet at any time on the call of the chairperson.
35 (e) In accordance with K.S.A. 46-1204, and amendments thereto, the
36 legislative coordinating council may provide for such professional services
37 as may be requested by the task force for assistance in performing its
39 (f) Members of the task force attending meetings of the task force or
40 subcommittee meetings authorized by the task force shall receive com-
41 pensation, subsistence allowances and mileage provided for in K.S.A. 75-
42 3223, and amendments thereto. Amounts paid under this subsection to
43 each member of the task force shall be paid by the authority that ap-
1 pointed the member.
2 (g) The staff of the legislative research department, the office of the
3 revisor of statutes and the division of legislative administrative services
4 shall provide such assistance as may be requested by the task force and
5 authorized by the legislative coordinating council.
6 Sec. 2. (a) The task force shall make a comprehensive study on the
7 impact of class size upon the quality of education provided pupils enrolled
8 in kindergarten and the grades one through three. The study shall include,
9 but not be limited to:
10 (1) An evaluation of the effect that class size has on pupil perform-
11 ance and academic achievement;
12 (2) an evaluation of the effect that class size has on classroom order
13 and discipline;
14 (3) a review of initiatives undertaken in other states to address and
15 improve pupil/teacher ratios.
16 (b) Upon completion of the study required by subsection (a), the task
17 force shall make a determination of optimal pupil/teacher ratios, explore
18 the cost of efforts to achieve such optimal ratios, and prepare a report of
19 the findings of the task force, together with any recommendations for
20 legislation deemed necessary to ensure that classrooms maintained in
21 Kansas schools will be of an optimal size that will contribute to the aca-
22 demic success of Kansas pupils. The task force shall submit its report and
23 recommendations to the governor and the legislature at the commence-
24 ment of the 1998 legislative session.
25 Sec. 3. The provisions of this act shall expire on January 31, 1998.
26 Sec. 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
27 publication in the statute book.