K-12 Efficiency Commission

K-12 Efficiency Commission


There is hereby established the K-12 Efficiency Commission.  The commission shall study and make recommendations to the legislature regarding opportunities to make more efficient use of taxpayer money. The commission shall particularly study and review the following areas: (1) Opportunities for school districts to be operated in a cost-effective manner; (2) Variances in per-pupil and administrative expenditures among school districts with comparable enrollment, demographics and outcomes on statewide assessments; (3) Administrative functions that may be shared between school districts; and (4) Expenditures that are not directly or sufficiently related to improving student outcomes.

Model Policy

Section 1.

(a) The K-12 Efficiency Commission shall be composed of nine voting members as follows: (1) (A) Six at-large members appointed as follows: Two shall be appointed by the president of the senate, one shall be appointed by the minority leader of the senate, two shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives and one shall be appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives; and (B) three at-large members appointed by the governor. (2) The commissioner of education, the director of the budget, the revisor of statutes, the legislative post auditor and the director of legislative research shall be nonvoting, ex-officio members of the commission.

The speaker of the house of representatives shall designate the member to convene and organize the first meeting of the commission at which the commission shall elect a chairperson from among its voting members. Any vacancy in the membership of the commission shall be filled by appointment in the manner prescribed by this section for the original appointment.

(b) A majority of all voting members shall constitute a quorum. All actions of the commission shall be taken by a majority of all voting members of the commission.

(c) Members of the commission shall receive expenses, mileage and subsistence allowances as provided in [insert appropriate statute] and amendments thereto.

(d) The staff of the office of revisor of statutes [or appropriate state office], and [name specific  legislative staff service agencies] shall provide such assistance as may be requested by the commission.

(e) The commission shall submit a report to the legislature before [insert date], with any findings and recommendations which the commission deems necessary, including the recommendation of any legislation. To carry out the recommendations of the commission, if necessary, one bill shall be introduced in the senate and one bill shall be introduced in the house of representatives, which such bills shall contain the exact same provisions, during the [insert year] legislative session.

(f) The provisions of this section shall expire on [insert date].

Section 2. {Severability Clause}

Section 3. {Repealer Clause}

Section 4. {Effective Date}


Approved by the ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force at the ALEC Annual Meeting on Thursday July 23, 2015 and Friday, July 24, 2015. Approved by ALEC Board of Directors on September 4, 2015.