February
15th 2010
School Spending Transparency Debate Returns Today to State Capitol

Posted under Independence Institute & School Finance & State Legislature

It’s the Monday after a holiday weekend. Most federal government workers have the day off, including no mail delivery. State workers are excused from duty for Presidents’ Day. Most schools are closed, too.

What a great time for a state senate committee to hear Senate Bill 91 (PDF), the 2010 version of Colorado’s Public School Financial Transparency Act. The legislation is a new and improved version of last year’s SB 57, which some politicians found a way to double-super-kill. Even Miracle Max couldn’t help us then.

One key difference between last year and this year is the fact that a few Colorado school districts — like Jeffco and Colorado Springs 11 – are showing that real financial transparency can be done at a reasonable time and cost. That doesn’t even include the newest financial transparency site created by Douglas County Schools, which may be the best of them all.

K-12 education gets 43 percent of the state’s General Fund spending, in addition to billions in property taxes and millions in other government funds. You’re paying for it, you’re invested in it, don’t you want to help public education be as open, efficient and effective as it can be?

Maybe you have some time off from work or school today. The hearing is in Senate Committee Room 353 starting at 1:30 PM — if you don’t have time to make it down to the State Capitol, you can listen online here.

Yes, there’s another OK school spending transparency bill out there (HB 1036). But SB 91 would do the job even better in making sure citizens get a convenient, clear and user-friendly look at how school districts and other local education providers spend tax dollars, grants and student fees. Remember: It’s hard to kill transparency in front of the bright light of public attention.

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5 Responses to “School Spending Transparency Debate Returns Today to State Capitol”

  1. Ed is Watching » Transparency, Merit Pay and “It’s For the Kids”: A Little Friday Deja Vu for You on 26 Feb 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    [...] Monday the 15th I noted that the school spending transparency debate had returned to the State Capitol. While Senate Bill 91 here was killed, I see that our neighbors to the Southwest – Arizona [...]

  2. Ed is Watching » “If You Can’t Defend It, Don’t Spend It”: Denver Post’s Look at School Finances on 01 Mar 2010 at 11:37 am #

    [...] recent weeks I’ve told you about the recent successes Colorado has seen in the area of school financial transparency — [...]

  3. Ed is Watching » Dear Wichita: Look to Colorado for Financial Transparency Examples on 17 Jan 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    [...] there’s financial transparency, then there’s financial transparency — something I brought to your attention last year when it was a hot topic for debate at our State Capitol. From that debate Colorado emerged with [...]

  4. Peoples Press Collective | Colorado Politics | Dear Wichita: Look to Colorado for Financial Transparency Examples : on 19 Jan 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    [...] there’s financial transparency, then there’s financial transparency — something I brought to your attention last year when it was a hot topic for debate at our State Capitol. From that debate Colorado emerged with [...]

  5. Ed is Watching » Transparency in DougCo School District: Toward a Happy Ending to the Story on 25 Mar 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    [...] before the law required them to do so, DougCo and Jefferson County were the two premiere leaders in creating a searchable online database of all expenditures. And if anything, it’s even better and more user-friendly today. Not to mention all the other [...]

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