National Freedom of Information Coalition
Protecting Your Right to Open Government

Sunshine Week: FOIL an exercise in ‘trust but verify’

As anyone who has ever tried to maintain a household budget knows, little differences in savings or cost can add up over time. 

That’s one reason we chose to focus on a minuscule part of school district budgets in the project we selected to kick off this year’s Sunshine Week.

The money school boards spend on themselves in most cases represents less than 1 percent of their overall district budgets. But it is money that, for the most part, the boards have direct discretion over. For that reason, it is worth exploring as a direct measure of how frugal a board is in its expenditure of public tax dollars. 

It is one way families can measure how far they can trust the people making decisions about not only their tax dollars but about how their children’s educations are being managed. Read more…