“The public has very little information about school budgets” — Really?

Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 9:22 am by

In a couple of the articles last week about the Empire Center’s data dump of school district payrolls, a Center staff person was quoted, “When it comes time to vote on a school budget, the public has very little information.”

Seriously?

It perturbs me that any media source would repeat this assertion without challenge.  So I wrote a letter to the Albany Times Union; it ran today.

It’s hard for me to believe  there is any institution, public or private, that makes more information available to the public than New York’s school districts.

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