Tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon is the moment of truth at the Colorado state legislature for Senate Bill 57, a measure that would require school districts to open up their financial books online so citizens can search them. It goes before the House Education Committee.
Here are things you can do:
- Starting at sometime shortly after 1:30 PM local Mountain time, listen to the hearing online (House Committee Room 0112)
- Follow me on Twitter during the proceedings, or join the Tweeting yourself
- Show up at HCR 0112 and testify yourself, or just pack the room and provide moral support – nothing like an extra concerned citizen or two to remind lawmakers whom they serve
- Call or email members of the House Education Committee to make your voice heard: It’s time for our taxpayer-funded schools to put their revenues and expenses online in a searchable format
Certain lobbying groups are seeking to kill this bill quietly. Among their main concerns is that citizens will more easily be able to see the salaries of school administrators. Other arguments and tactics are being used to try to terminate transparency and stop it from happening.
More information on ways you can get involved and help the cause of transparency and accountability is available at the People’s Press Collective.