Gov. Sam Brownback has named Shawnee Mission School District superintendent Jim Hinson to a commission that will study the performance of Kansas public school students, the governor’s office said Wednesday.
Brownback also named Concordia superintendent Bev Mortimer as another of his three appointees. The third member has not been named.
The K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission was created by a bill the Legislature passed in April in response to a Supreme Court order to make school funding more equitable between districts.
“Both Jim and Bev bring the valuable perspective of educators to the work of this commission,” Brownback said. “Their experience in the classroom, combined with leadership and administrative knowledge, make them excellent additions to a commission tasked with the important role of establishing guidelines to measure student success.”
Hinson led the Independence School District before going to Shawnee Mission.
Earlier, House Speaker Ray Merrick of Johnson County appointed two lobbyists: Kansas Policy Institute president Dave Trabert and Kansas Chamber of Commerce president Mike O’Neal, who preceded Merrick as speaker. His choices were criticized by the Kansas National Education Association and other education organizations when announced last week.
The other spots on the nine-member panel were filled by former state senators Janis Lee from western Kansas and John Vratil from Johnson County, who were chosen by the Senate and House minority leaders, respectively.
Senate president Susan Wagle of Wichita is still choosing her two appointees.