Wednesday, May 6, 2009

"Toto, we're not in Kansas, yet"

The state of Kansas has been posting public expenditures on the internet for over a year, so it seemed reasonable to expect their legislature to expand that same openness to their public schools.

No such luck.

The floor amendment that failed in the Kansas Senate consisted of the following language:

"From and after July 1, 2010, each school district shall maintain a secure internet-based check register to record the receipts and expenditures of the district. The check register shall be freely available and accessible to the general public."

The Center for Fiscal Accountability has more.

In terms of transparency, Kentucky still can't get to first base, much less peek into the vault of our secretive school bureaucracy. But it is good to see others making the effort and paving the way for the time when Frankfort allows itself to be dragged into the 21st century and out of the dark shadows of secrecy with the public's money.

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