According to the Wednesday edition of the Dallas Morning News, large public school districts in Texas are starting to post their checkbook registers online.

Apparently, in Texas, their governor has signed an Executive Order that all public schools must devote 65% of their total budget to instruction. If that order had been in effect here in 2005, the five District 211 high schools would have put much more money into the classroom instead of into the administrative offices, because in 2005, District 211 only put 57.8% of its budget into the classroom.

Peyton Wolcott is quoted in the article and seems to be the person doing the most to push the idea of financial transparency through asking school districts to place their checkbook registers online.

Putting the District 211 checkbook register online would promote greater transparency and trust. I’d like to see the school board candidates get behind this idea.

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