School Transparency Update, 9/3/08

The “Open Book Revolution” continues. Adam Andrzejewski of For The Good of Illinois Foundation reports that Illinois, with 25 school districts, is now 2nd only to Texas when it comes to the number of school districts posting check registers online. The 25 districts represent annual budgets totaling $1.903 billion, says Andrzejewski.

A good government is transparent with financial activity, empowers citizens to be a part of the process, and the leaders of a good government are accountable for their decisions. Transparency creates the environment for good government and Illinois school districts are the leading models of the movement. School districts are spearheading the “Transparency Test” in Illinois government.

Aurora, Bond County, Bourbonnais, Carpentersville, Elmhurst, Herscher, Genoa, Kingston, Harlem, Huntley, Mahonet- Seymour, Mundelein, Niles, Green Oaks, Oak Park, Ottawa, Palatine, Braidwood, Sherrard, Valley View, Waukegan, West Chicago, and Wheaton-Warrenville in addition to the community colleges of College of DuPage and Illinois Valley Community College- are leading Illinois in the good government movement. These schools practice what they teach in their classrooms. Is your school on the list?

Illinois citizens are generous to public education. Spending $22 billion to educate 2 million children this year, Illinois property taxes are the 8th highest in the country! Where is the money being spent? Transparency of financial information provides the answer.

Online posting builds trust by showing taxation with information.

For more information about talking to your school district, visit

As I’ve mentioned before, the City of DeKalb may be the first municipality in Illinois to post its check register online. More on this story soon.