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  • 2021 school payroll: 941 employees in 31 districts paid over $100k

    2021 school payroll: 941 employees in 31 districts paid over $100k0

    School payroll listings totaling $2.1 billion for 31 Kansas districts are available for download at KansasOpenGov.org and the list includes 941 employees who were paid more than $100,000 during the 2019 school year. Johnson County districts dominate the list of highest-paid employees, with 13 of the 25 slots.  Blue Valley has four slots, Olathe and Shawnee

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  • KSDE ‘success’ tour ignores districts’ academic failures

    KSDE ‘success’ tour ignores districts’ academic failures0

    “The art of a magician is not found in the simple deception, but in what surrounds it, the construction of a reality which supports the illusion.”   This quote from Jim Steinmeyer, a designer of magical illusions, nicely describes the Kansas Department of Education’s so-called ‘success’ tour.  I attended the Olathe session last week, which

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  • More than 100 local governments aren’t increasing property tax

    More than 100 local governments aren’t increasing property tax0

    The new Truth in Taxation legislation is already providing Kansans with millions of dollars in property tax savings.  Faced with the prospect of finally having to be honest with taxpayers, 108 cities, counties, school districts, and a community college have already declared they will not increase property taxes next year. Individual property owners may see

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  • Kansas lost $5.7 billion in private-sector GDP in 2020

    Kansas lost $5.7 billion in private-sector GDP in 20200

    Private-sector real GDP dropped 2.8% last year to $137.1 billion, more than wiping out a 1.2% gain in 2019.  Private-sector GDP, which is a measure of all finished goods and services, would have been $5.7 billion higher had it grown at the 2019 rate. The data comes from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and is

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