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 [...]

Spotlight on your private medical records

September 27th, 2011 by Amy Categories: health care, school district 3 Responses

At least two national media outlets are concerned enough to report that Obamacare allows the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) access to everyone’s private medical records. According to the Washington Examiner:
America is learning about the federal government’s plan to collect and aggregate confidential patient records for every one of us.
In a proposed rule [...]

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 [...]

Stop 'corruption on steroids': Become a Citizen Auditor

September 22nd, 2010 by Amy Categories: general, health care, higher education, local transparency, media, school district No Responses

What happens when government is allowed to operate outside the purview of the public? “Corruption on steroids,” as District Attorney Steve Cooley described the abuse of taxpayers in Bell, CA.  Cooley further described the situation in a news conference announcing the arrest of eight elected officials and government employees from the small town outside of Los [...]

Hey government, we've got our eye on you!

September 12th, 2010 by Amy Categories: general, health care, higher education, local transparency, school district No Responses

During the last two plus years as transparency in government has made headlines, the Denver Post consistently has been on the front lines fighting for access to public records and criticizing those who deny the public’s right to know.
The Post continues the battle on Sunday’s editorial page with two columns encouraging citizens to demand transparency. The first [...]

Citizen Auditors can win cash prizes

July 16th, 2010 by Amy Categories: Energy, health care, higher education, politics, school district 2 Responses

Become a Citizen Auditor and win $2500! Mothers Against Debt, the Independence Institute, Liberty on the Rocks and Americans for Prosperity are sponsoring Citizen Auditor training throughout Colorado.
Become a citizen auditor and win cash!
The Independence Institute will conduct classes to teach concerned citizens how to use the state’s Transparency Online Project (TOP) web site, our [...]

'Transparency Trojan Horse' heads to Senate

April 26th, 2010 by Amy Categories: general, local transparency, school district 4 Responses

Coloradans are just a senate vote and Governor’s signature away from losing complete control over who has access to their private medical records.  On Friday, HB 1330 the All Payer Database passed out of the Senate Appropriations committee along a party line vote and is headed to the full Senate.
In a March press release Independence [...]

Transparency both pricey and priceless

April 26th, 2010 by Amy Categories: general, health care, local transparency, school district, special districts No Responses

Greeley Tribune editor Randy Bangert penned a column about the frustration of getting public information. He highlighted several attempts by his staff to get public information from government entities. In one case the paper requested emails between “specific” employees at the University of Northern Colorado.  UNC responded:
If you want the e-mails as requested, it will [...]

Making a "mockery of medical privacy"

March 26th, 2010 by Amy Categories: health care, school district 2 Responses

Transparency Czarina Amy Oliver Cooke just sent this press release.  It’s not too early to start grieving for your medical privacy.  Very soon we could be reminiscing about what it like was when our health care records were kept private seen only by ourselves and our doctors unless we gave permission to do otherwise.
FOR IMMEDIATE [...]

Post puts K-12 spending under microscope

March 1st, 2010 by Amy Categories: Energy, events, school district One Response

Facing substantial budget cuts, Colorado’s K-12 education establishment may have to rethink how it spends money courtesy of the transparency movement we have championed.  Using transparency Web sites from Jeffco and Douglas County Schools as well as information from Denver Public Schools, the Denver Post found “found millions of dollars being spent with limited oversight [...]