Monday, September 28, 2020

Dodge City: Big pay hikes for administrators, achievement down

USD 443 Dodge City says average teacher salaries increased 1.6% in the 2019-20 school year to $59,977, but some district administrators received increases more than ten times as much.  Student achievement, meanwhile, dropped a little over...

Osage County commissioners ignore questions about no-bid contract

Osage County Commissioners Fred Diver, Gaylord Anderson, and Ken Kuykendall have refused to answer questions about a no-bid contract to administer CARES Act funding on behalf of the county. On July 6, 2020, the commission...

Manhattan: Big pay hikes for administrators, achievement down

USD 383 Manhattan says average teacher salaries increased 3.1% in the 2019-20 school year to $50,779, but some district administrators received increases at least three times as much.  Student achievement, meanwhile, has dropped over the years...

COVID Information Center: hospitalization, death rates falling

You wouldn't know it from media's and Kansas Governor Laura Kelly's hyper-focus on case increases, but the rates of COVID hospitalization and death continue to decline.  Updated charts in the COVID Information Center at...

Audit finds $1.3 million taxpayer money spent on lobbying

State agencies, local government entities, and school districts spent at least $1.3 million in taxpayer money lobbying for more of your money in 2019 -- and that may just be the tip of the...

CDC: Kansas COVID deaths have average 2.7 comorbidities

The vast majority of deaths reported due to coronavirus involved patients with multiple underlying conditions, or comorbidities, the CDC reported on late last week. According to the report, 94% of reported coronavirus deaths were...

USD 233 Olathe: Big pay hikes for administrators, achievement down

USD 233 Olathe says average teacher salaries increased 4.7% in the 2019-20 school year to $59,391, but some district administrators received increases that were much larger.  Student achievement, meanwhile, has dropped over the years and is...

Blue Valley parents to district: Let Them Play

Though the atmosphere mirrored a pep rally leading to a big game, the more than 400 "let them play" protesters who gathered at the Blue Valley School District administration building on Thursday afternoon weren’t...

USD 231: Big pay hikes for administrators, achievement down

USD 231 Gardner-Edgerton says average teacher pay increased 3.3% in the 2019-20 school year, but some district administrators received increases that were two to three times as much.  Student achievement, meanwhile, has dropped over...

KDHE hides low testing rate to push COVID positivity scare

First, there was mask-querade, when Governor Kelly’s administration hid and manipulated data to justify her mask mandate.  Now, Kelly’s Health Secretary, Dr. Lee Norman, is hiding information to scare people with misleading claims about...