How "transparent" is your school district?

November 8th, 2011 by Amy Categories: Energy, events, health care, higher education, local transparency, school district No Responses

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 [...]

Lack of transparency downs another ballot measure

November 3rd, 2011 by Amy Categories: Energy, Public Utilities Commission, events, health care, local transparency One Response

Score one for cupcakes! Bake sale beats the establishment!
Nancy Rumfelt, the one woman army at Liberty Watch, who had to have a “Bake Sale for Transparency” to raise money to pay for an open records request, defeated the education establishment. On Tuesday voters in the Thompson School District in Loveland voted overwhelmingly “no” on a [...]

The kind of state Coloradans want

November 1st, 2011 by Amy Categories: Energy, events, general, health care, media No Responses

Senator Rollie Heath was the chair of the ”Unimaginative Failure” Commission (a.k.a. Long Term Fiscal Stability Commission) on which I sat in 2009. Heath constantly asked “what kind of Colorado do we want?” As if a chosen few have the right to force an answer for more than five million people, but that did not stop [...]

Issue Committee status equals newspaper access

October 30th, 2011 by Amy Categories: Energy, events, health care, higher education, local transparency No Responses

A local property tax increase in Loveland has attracted all the usual supporters including the teachers union, administration, and other status quo educational-industrial complex advocates. They have an issue committee, volunteers, money (including contributions from the Colorado Education Association and top district administrators), and access to the local newspaper’s guest editorial page, which the opposition [...]

Loveland supports school district transparency

October 8th, 2011 by Amy Categories: Energy, events, higher education No Responses

Loveland taxpayers want to know how the Thompson School District is spending their money. In the first hour of her Bake Sale for Transparency, Nancy Rumfelt of Liberty Watch raised more than $700 (in addition to all the baked goods) to pay the fee that TSD demands to fulfill her open records request.
Considering the school district [...]

Bake sale for transparency

October 4th, 2011 by Amy Categories: Energy, events, health care One Response

Citizen activist and founder of Liberty Watch Nancy Rumfelt is so determined to get public information from the Thompson School District (TSD) just ahead of a vote on 3A, a $153 million mill levy override, that she is hosting a bake sale to raise money in order to pay the fee that TSD demands to fulfill [...]

Thompson School District MLO "facts" don't add up

September 6th, 2011 by Amy Categories: Energy, events, higher education One Response

The Thompson School District in Loveland, Colorado will ask voters to give up an additional estimated $12.8 million annually for the next 12 years to fund schools. In August the school board voted unanimously to put the Mill Levy Override on the November 2011 ballot.  In a press release the board stated:
The district is seeking [...]

Ref C money: Who knows where it went

August 11th, 2011 by Amy Categories: events, health care, school district No Responses

Legislative Council staff member Kate Watkins confirmed what the Independence Institute has said all along. Because money is fungible, no one really knows how the Referendum C money was spent.
The Colorado News Agency reported that Watkins recently appeared before the Transportation Legislative Review Committee.  Committee member State Rep Randy Fischer (D-Fort Collins) asked Watkins what happened [...]

Teachers' union fights transparency…again

July 8th, 2011 by Amy Categories: events, health care, local transparency No Responses

No shock that the Colorado Education Association is fighting new rules designed to bring more transparency to school district. The CEA worked hard to prevent financial transparency in K-12 education; with the passage of HB10-1036, the union ultimately lost that battle. Now, it is fighting to prevent public disclosure of teacher arrests.
According to the Fort [...]

Unimaginative recommendation for Thompson School District

June 17th, 2011 by Amy Categories: Energy, events, health care No Responses

As the Thompson School District “studies” how to get more cash from taxpayers, this might be a good time to remind the Loveland school district that more money does not equate to better education as Transparency Czarina Amy Oliver Cooke wrote in a 2009 guest editorial when her school district sought a $16 million mill [...]