Watchdog finds the surprising truth about public officials’ salaries

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Friday, August 26th, 2016

When Watchdog reports, other journalists take notice. In Mississippi, Watchdog’s recent report on public officials’ salaries made the local news, including a segment on Good Morning Mississippi .

Here’s a quick excerpt from a report on ABC 6 that cites our story:

You heard that right. A grand total of 36 school superintendents in Mississippi make more than the governor. Of course, he’s not doing too badly himself. But this raises an important question about education spending in the state: Are taxpayers getting their money’s worth?

Another report from Mississippi Watchdog examined that issue, finding that superintendent pay doesn’t correlate to school district performance. In fact, among the 36 superintendents who make more than the governor, nine of them — 25 percent — serve districts that receive a D grade from the Mississippi Department of Education.

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