Editorial: Let public look at schools’ spending

From The Denver Post:  After last fall’s defeat of Amendment 66, the public schools tax hike, Democrats and Republicans alike pledged to resurrect various popular reforms linked to the measure that could be funded independently. And so they have, although the package could be in for stormy weather in the state Senate after passing the House by a comfortable margin.

The most controversial element of House Bill 1292 has turned out to be a provision that tries to bring financial transparency down to the individual school level and make it understandable to a “layperson” — which is just about anyone who hasn’t mastered the intricacies of district budgets.

If this bill passed, you could go online and see how much money at any public school was going to administration, teacher salaries, transportation, food services, and so on — and then compare that breakdown to other facilities.

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