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Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis, regarded as one of the state's leading authorities on school finance, is retiring at the end of the month after 53 years.
The Department of Education announced Dennis' retirement Tuesday. He will retire from the department on Sept. 30.
"For all Kansas school district administrators, he is Mr. Education," said Republican state Sen. Molly Baumgardner, chair of the Senate Education Committee.
Dennis joined the Kansas State Department of Education as a state school finance administrator in 1967.
He started his career with the state the year . . .