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 [...]

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 [...]

Ask local candidates about transparency

October 19th, 2009 by Amy Categories: general, higher education No Responses

My friend and colleague Ben DeGrow, blogger extraordinaire at Mount Virtus, asked his city council candidates about their stance on transparency at the local level.  According to Ben, two agreed to allow their answers to be posted on his blog and those two candidates seem very supportive of opening the books to taxpayers.   After reviewing [...]

SB 57 still making news

April 11th, 2009 by Amy Categories: Public Utilities Commission, RTD, events, general, health care No Responses

The democrats on the House Education committee may have killed the legislation but they cannot kill the momentum for transparency.   Our friend Ben DeGrow alerted us to an article in American Thinker that asks the same question COST does nearly everyday:
in Colorado, Senate Bill 57, also called the Public School Financial Transparency Act, which simply [...]

The House Education Committee

March 18th, 2009 by Amy Categories: Energy, RTD, events, health care 5 Responses

On Thursday, March 19, at 1:30 p.m. SB 57 will be heard in the House Education Committee in HCR 0112.  Opponents of transparency have been working hard to get this legislation killed.  Primarily the opposition has come from some school district administrators and their lobbyists.  Officially the Colorado Education Association (the teachers’ union) has taken a [...]