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Education Reporter
NUMBER 281 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS JUNE 2009

463 School Districts Have Put Their Check Registers Online
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463 public school districts in 31 states have put their checkbook registers online, in an effort to become more transparent with and directly accountable to taxpayers.

As of October 2006, just a handful of school districts in five states had their checks online. Public education commentator Peyton Wolcott documents this growing trend on her website (www.peytonwolcott.com), and urges more school districts to join the list. Wolcott points out that if the trend from 2006 to 2009 continued at the same rate, all 15,000 public school districts in the nation would have their check registers online by 2014.

"Corruption, fraud, and waste are being used as excuses for nationalization by no less than the former head of IBM, in the Wall Street Journal," (12-1-08) notes Wolcott. "It's clear that for our schools to remain strong, free, and locally run, they are going to have to learn to do a better job of teaching our students for less money, using resources we already have."


 
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