How "transparent" is your school district?

November 8th, 2011 by Amy Categories: Energy, events, health care, higher education, local transparency, school district No Responses
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Want to know the answer to that question? Then read the new report from the Independence Institute Education Policy Center titled Time to Show the Money.

Co-authors research associate Devan Crean and senior policy analyst Ben DeGrow reviewed 178 K-12 school districts, 16 BOCES, and the Charter School Institute to determine if they were compliant with 2010 Public School Financial Transparency Act.

Crean and DeGrow’s research found “only 24 of the state’s 195 school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) fulfill all of the Public School Financial Transparency Act’s requirements to post budgets, audits, financial statements and expenditures online.” Most of those are the state’s larger districts.

Hear DeGrow go into more detail about K-12 transparency during his interview on the Amy Oliver Show on News Talk 1310 KFKA. He also provides insight into the state’s election results and what they mean for K-12. If you want to know how your local district fared, find out by reading the paper. If they didn’t do well, then ask your district to show you the money!


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