GOV. BOB RILEY: PRESS RELEASE

March 04, 2009

“Unprecedented Level of Openness”
Governor Riley’s Executive Order Lifts Veil on State
Spending

MONTGOMERY - Governor Bob Riley’s continuing efforts to
bring greater transparency to government spending moved forward
with www.open.alabama.gov, a new website that puts the state’s
checkbook online.

Last month, Governor Riley issued an executive order creating by
March 1 a publicly accessible website that details spending done by
state government. The website, which offers an unprecedented
level of detail about state government spending, went online
February 27.

On Wednesday, the Governor led a demonstration of the
transparency tool.

“The more transparency we have in government, then the more
accountability we’ll have in government. This is a common sense
idea that helps taxpayers keep track of how their money is being
spent and where it’s going,” said Governor Riley. “This is an
unprecedented level of openness for state government. All this
information empowers taxpayers to become better watchdogs of
their government.”

The website includes much more than just the state’s checkbook.
The site is a web portal to all types of information on state
government. It includes not only the section on state spending, but
also a list of all active statewide contracts and awarded bids, a
database of all leases held by state departments, links to notices filed
under the Alabama Open Meetings Act and campaign finance
reports, and information on the Riley Administration’s SMART
Governing initiative, which requires state agencies to link their
budget requests to measurable objectives.

It will become even easier for taxpayers to lift the veil on
government spending by September 1, when the online state
checkbook will be searchable.

Open.alabama.gov is the latest move by Governor Riley to bring a
greater level of transparency to state government. Governor Riley is
the first governor to voluntarily disclose spending out of the
Governor’s Contingency Fund and use of state aircraft. His
administration implemented the SMART Governing reform, which
requires each agency of state government to link its spending with
measurable results that taxpayers can review online. The Governor
is also pushing a comprehensive anti-corruption bill in the
Legislature that includes provisions to require full disclosure of
lobbyist spending on public servants and disclosure of financial
transactions between lobbyists and public servants and members of
their families.
Albertville City BOE - Check Register
Alexander City Schls - Check Register
Andalusia City Schls - Check Register
Anniston City BOE - Check Register
Arab City Schools - Check Register
Athens City Schools - Check Register
Attalla City BOE - Check Register
Auburn City Schools - Check Register
Autauga County Schls - (New site Apr.2010)

Baldwin County PS - Check Register
Barbour County BOE - Check Register
Bessemer CS - Check Register
Bibb County BOE - Check Register
Birmingham City Schls - Check Register
Blount County BOE - Check Register
Boaz City Schools - Check Register
Brewton City Schls - Check Register
Bullock County BOE - Check Register
Butler County Schls - Check Reg. (March 2010)
Calhoun County Schls - Check Register
Chambers County BOE-Check Register
Cherokee County BOE - Check Register
Chilton County Schls - Check Register
Choctaw County Schools - System Chk Reg.
Clarke County BOE - Check Register
Clay County BOE - Check Register
Cleburne County Schls - Check Register
Coffee County Schls - Check Register
Colbert County BOE - Check Register
Conecuh County BOE - Check Register
Coosa County Schls - Check Register
Covington County Schls - Check Register
Crenshaw County Schls - Check Register
Cullman City BOE - Check Register
Cullman County BOE - Check Register

Dale County BOE - Check Register
Daleville City BOE - Check Register
Dallas County Schools - Check Register
Decatur City Schools - Check Register
DeKalb County BOE - Check Register
Demopolis City Schls - Check Register
Dothan City Schools - Check Register
In 2005, financial accountability presentations in Alabama -- as elsewhere
in the United States -- consisted largely of pie charts with percentages
and vaguely drawn financials.  Taking a big step forward that year,
Bessemer CFO Willie Davis put his district's check register online, not
because he was told to but because it was the right thing to do, as part of
his overall
push for transparency; look at the information available within
his department,
here.  Willie's check template (see copy below) was used
as a model for all Alabama schools, and he serves on the board of
directors of the Alabama Association of School Business Officials.
  About that same time, having heard rumors about
widespread problems in the state's community college
From top:  Bessemer's Greenwood
Elementary was built in 1937 as a
WPA project; Pullman railroad cars
were formerly built in Bessemer--
the company became Wheelabrator-
Frye then Waste Management,
Inc., also MWKellogg then Kellogg,
Brown & Root, then Halliburton.   
The
Bessemer Urban Farm is a
community project with the goal of
increasing access to fresher food
and exposing children to farming
practices. Bottom, roller coaster at
Alabama Adventure.
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WHERE
PARENTS,
TAXPAYERS,
TRUSTEES
ARE ASKING:
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___________________________
Heads up to grass-
roots school reform
activists:  Be smart,
be effective
By Peyton Wolcott
Updated 12.02.07

"Walk softly
and carry a big stick."
-- Teddy Roosevelt

"Trust but verify."
-- Ronald Reagan

Just because you can
doesn't mean you should.
A model for the nation:
More about the
San Antonio Triple
Crown
here
How 3 major school
districts in one city put
their checks online . . .
in 1 week!
H o w   w e   t a k e  b a c k   o u r   c h i l d r e n ' s    e d u c a t i o n:    o n e   p e r s o n ,  o n e   q u e s t i o n ,   o n e   s c h o o l   a t   a   t i m e.
Read article here.
H O M E
ASKING YOUR DISTRICT
1.  Our public schools
are a pure form of local
government.  You elect
trustees to oversee your
superintendent's running
of the schools which are
fueled by your taxes.  
Just because you may
see clear problems
including proof of
illegality that does not
mean your pointing
these out will be
welcomed by either your
board or administrators
with open arms.

2.  Don't cold call on the
board at the meeting --
call ahead, ask
questions, learn what
your trustees' and
superintendents'
concerns are.

3.  Bring 50 copies of  the
flyer I've prepared for you
(with your contact info).  
Please email me and I'll
send you the link.

4. Correct & thorough
prep saves time in the
long run.

5.  Everyone who has
followed these steps
exactly as outlined
here
has experienced 100%
success; shortcuts lead
to failure.
The most important
thing about persuading
your local school district
to voluntarily post its
check register online is
the "persuasion" part.  
This means we remem-
ber to approach them in a
friendly way, with a smile
rather than a stick.  No
demands, no strident
letters to the editor. None
of the folks who have
tried shortcuts have
succeeded.  You can't
email this in or demand it
on your website.  You
can't talk to your friend the
board president and
assume anything will
come of it.

This is your opportunity to
participate in your local
political process.

Here below is the short
version; the longer more
detailed version that
points out most of the
pitfalls and roadblocks is
here.
Remember that Golden
Rule we've heard about
all of our lives?  
This is a
good time to dust it off.  
When you approach your
board, you're approach-
ing individuals.  If you go
after them in an angry
way, they will react as
though you're calling their
baby ugly and become
defensive and turn your
request down.  Honor
their humanity no matter
how grumpy or sour they
look or act.
Welcome to National HQ for the Grassroots School District Online Check Register Movement!  Est. 10.01.06
STATE DOE
ONLINE
Texas Education Agency


MIDDLE
EDU-LAYER

CALIFORNIA
Glenn County Ofc. of Ed.
Placer County Office of
Education

MICHIGAN
St. Clair County RESA

HONORABLE
MENTION
ALASKA
DOE - Checks over
$1,000

CALIFORNIA
San Gabriel USD - Checks
over $500

MICHIGAN
Intermediate School Districts

PENNSYLVANIA
Capital Area Intermediate
Unit

TEXAS
Brackett ISD
(checks over $500)
This below is the short
version; if you're going to
do this, please read the
full information
here; it's
your proven road map.
NOTE REGARDING ILLINOIS
LAWSUIT
 
As thrilled as I am about
efforts by John Tillman and
Adam Andrzejewski to bring
greater transparency to
Illinois public schools, I
disagree with their
December 2008 lawsuit
against Illinois Gov. Rod
Blagojevich on grounds of
incompetency -- the same
grounds as Illinois Attorney
General Lisa Madigan's suit
-- as the success of such a
suit would have paved the
way for Banana
Republic-type takeovers of
elected officials.  
Fortunately, the Illinois
Supreme Court has refused
to hear this case.
N O T E S
Walk softly,
and carry a
big stick.
--Teddy Roosevelt
Friends, here's our
great nation's most
complete list of
school districts
(CONTINUED FROM TOP)
and because I am still
the only person in the 50
states actively searching
the U.S. for you,
information -- looking for
more districts and
working with
superintendents,
trustees, moms, dads
and taxpayers -- and
coaching folks through
the check register
process, what you see
on these pages is the
most current and
comprehensive
information in our great
nation.   Other folks --
websites, organizations,
foundations, etc. -- may  
copy my information from
time to time, but
because they are
copying rather than
originating there is
always lag time involved.
         Please verify this for
yourself by backdating
websites with a tool
such as
http://web.archive.org   
With one exception (see
Illinois above and right)
the information you find
on the only other
compilations appear to
be old copies of my
information, second- and
third-hand generations
of it,  borrowed and
outdated data all.

American parents and
taxpayers deserve
current information.

So often, my work with
individuals starts with
having to undo the
strident and demanding
approach many of our
wonderful friends in
conservative think tanks
have mistakenly
advocated.  

Such an approach
doesn't sell cars or
guacamole or anything
in between; it also
doesn't  work with our
public schools.

While such an approach
may appease angry
millionaire funders, it
has never persuaded a
single public school
administrator to post --
and such an approach
forgets that if our
schools are a mess it's
our own fault.  

Criticizing our
public schools is
like criticizing our
arms and legs.

They're our appendages.

Local public school
systems are as much a
form of local politics as
town hall and the
mayor's office, and it's up
to us to clean them up.

Let's get to work,
America!
NOTE: For the Good of
Illinois lists dollars provided
by schools; invariably these
are the lower budget
forecast numbers rather
than the dollars which
actually come in and are
spent.  Adam's list also
includes colleges.

FURTHER NOTE:  This is not
an endorsement of Adam
and John's lawsuit against
Illinois Governor Rod
Blagojevich.  Frustrated as
Illinois residents must be
with the widespread
corruption in their state,
lawsuits such as theirs and
AG Lisa Madigan's would
have paved the way for
Banana Republic-type
takeovers of elected
officials' offices.  It is always
good to be mindful of
unintended consequences
for even our noblest
impulses.
So often when folks get in
touch with me although they
say they want help in
bringing transparency and
accountability to their
schools, it takes them a
while to accept that what
works best is not pure
rationality or demands or
petition drives but the
friendly heart-to-heart
approach.  

How refreshing it's been
with Adam Andrzejewski
(above left), who contacted
me earlier this year about
his petition drive to impel
Illinois school districts to
put their check registers
online.  

After a few phone chats and
emails with Adam and John
Tillman (above right) of the
Illinois Public Policy Institute
they quickly changed their
strategy and Adam began
conducting a series of
intimate talks and coffees
with the results you see on
the roster above.  In
February 2008 only four
Illinois school districts were
posting their check
registers online; after Adam
changed strategies, already
there are 35 more, plus a
couple of colleges.  It was
my pleasure to give him free
use of the "School District
Honor Roll" appellation.
ILLINOIS
WHAT'S
INCLUDED IN
PUBLIC SCHOOL
DISTRICT CHECK
REGISTERS
AND WHAT ISN'T
We do not ask school
districts to post
payroll or HIPAA-
related dollars;
districts can easily
post their annual
payroll/stipend
schedules after the
budget is firmed up
each summer.
PHOTO CREDITS &
LINKS TO CHECK
REGISTERS:
I am adding photo
credits as I locate
them; for now, please
right click on any image
above that interests
you.  Some photos are
themselves live links.  I
am adding check
register links all the
time; please remember
that because this is
fluid information, not
static, things change
constantly as districts
redesign their
websites and the
locations where they're
posting their checks.
The name of Adam's group
is "For the Good of Illinois."  
More
here.

Think your
project through.

What might be
its unintended
consequences?
COPYRIGHT
NOTICE
 
When borrowing,
copying, citing
from this roster
and site please  
remember to
attribute
PeytonWolcott.com
.No one else --
governmental  or
public policy
groups or think
tanks or persons
-- is compiling a
comprehensive
national roster.
IDAHO:

Idaho State Parks &
Recreation
Dunn noted that
"hoosier" was
frequently used in
many parts of the
South in the 19th
century for
woodsmen or rough
hill people. He
traced the word back
to "hoozer," in the
Cumberland dialect
of England. This
derives from the
Anglo-Saxon word
"hoo" meaning high
or hill. In the
Cumberland dialect,
the world "hoozer"
meant anything
unusually large,
presumably like a
hill. It is not hard to
see how this word
was attached to a
hill dweller or
highlander.
Immigrants from
Cumberland,
England, settled in
the southern
mountains
(Cumberland
Mountains,
Cumberland River,
Cumberland Gap,
etc.). Their
descendents
brought the name
with them when they
settled in the hills of
southern Indiana.
INDIANA
Most likely origins of
the nickname
"Hoosier" can be
attributed to research
by Jacob Piatt Dunn,
Jr., Indiana historian
and long-time
Indiana Historical
Society secretary:
More information
about Indiana's
history including
possibilities from
folklore for the
origins of "Hoosier"
from the  
Indiana
Historical Society.
Richmond High School
PHOTO CREDITS
Land Between the
Lakes (above)
By Niki Conolly
www.pbase.com/esme12/ima
ge/62209061


State Penitentiary
By Adam Maroney
flickr.com/photos/7388762@
N03/1497098101
KENTUCKY:

Land Between the
Lakes
By Barry K. Lovvorn
www.lovvornphoto.com
The "Hoosier" State
I'm researching and
adding links all the
time; please check
back.
TO PUT THE STATES' ROSTERS INTO PERSPECTIVE:  California officially has 1,050 school districts (2007-08); about 1,036 per the California
DOE's Data & Statistics department  as of January 7, 2009.  Texas has 1,031 school districts as of that same date.  Illinois has 879 districts
U.S. SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITH CHECK  REGISTERS ONLINE:    Alabama
There are fewer than
18,000 residents in all
of Pike County.  The
courthouse exterior
(above) hasn't
changed much since
it was photographed
in 1999 by Calvin
Beale; more about
this remarkable
demographer here:
www.ers.usda.gov/Amberwaves/
Feb03/Profiles/Beale.htm
GEORGIA:

That's the interior of
the Zebulon Plant at
far right above.  After a
series of layoffs and
the resignation of the
last Hightower family
heir, the company was
cannibalized and the
individual plants sold
off.  More Pike County/
Thomaston Mills
history here:

http://home.
alltel.net/tuarch/tmhist
ory.htm
The county seat,
Zebulon, was named
after Brig. General
Zebulon Montgomery
Pike, the soldier and
explorer who
discovered Pike's
Peak as part of his
exploration of the
Louisiana Purchase;
his father fought with
George Washington
in the Revolutionary
War.  

More about Zebulon
Pike here:
www.travelsos.net/colorado-jour
neyer/index.cfm?var_file=heritag
e-history/zebulon-pike.htm
*  PW Note:  I'm asking
superintendent Alan Leis
about making Naperville's
online check register
available for  public viewing;
don't see any surprises
which might make the
district shy.
ALABAMA   (132)  (100%)   -   Hats off to Alabama, where all
school districts are either already posting their check registers
online now or are actively in the process!
  Click on the links below
and look for "departments" then for business or finance -- then "finance
statements" or "accountability reports":
Scenes of natural beauty in Bibb County, Alabama.  More here.
Talladega City Schools - Check Register
Talladega County BOE - Check Register (March 2010)
Tallapoosa BOE - Check Register
Tallassee City Schools - Check Register
Tarrant City Schools - Check Register
Thomasville Schools - Check Register
Troy City Schools - Check Register (March 2010)
Trussville City Schools - Board Report
Tuscaloosa City Schools - Check Register
Tuscaloosa County Schools - Check Register
Tuscumbia City Schools - A/P Check Register
Randolph County Schls - Check Register (March 2010)
Roanoke CS - Check Register
Russell County Schools - Check Register
Russellville City Schools - Check Register
Saint Clair County BOE -  Check Register
Saraland City Schools - Check Register
Scottsboro City Schools - Check Register
Selma City Schools - Check Register
Sheffield City Schools - Check Register (March 2010)
Shelby County BOE - Check Register
Sumter County BOE - Check Register
Sylacauga City Schools - Check Register (March 2010)

The ability to
review a local
district’s
checkbook
registers and
other financial
data online
allows parents
and citizens of
Alabama to be
aware of the
expenditure of
public dollars,
which builds
confidence in
the way our
schools budget
and spend
taxpayers’
dollars.

-- Joseph B. Morton, Ph.D.
Despite the consortium of which was a part having
been dissolved, even the C.I.T.Y. Skills Training
Program's check register is online; view it
here.
ENTIRE SBOE WAS SUPPORTIVE, INCLUDING PIX OF RANDY
McKINNEY, STEPHANIE BELL AND BETTY PETERS.  

THE BEGINNING OF TRANSPARENCY IN AL:  

1. BESSEMER

2.  BETTY & STEPHANIE ASKED FOR A  LIST OF CONTRACTS
FOR 2YEAR COLLEGES -- S AT A TIME WHEN THE
THEN-CHANCELLOR WAS EXPERIENCING SOME PROBLEMS;
BETTY PETERS BROUGHT IT UP (LINK TO DOTHAN EAGLE
ARTICLE)  (JIM COOK) THEN RANDY MENTIONED AT SBOE
WORKSHOP, AND STEPHANIE BELL ENDORSED.  

3.  AT SOME POINT GOV. RILEY ENDORSED TRANSPARENCY.

ROY JOHNSON STARTS HIS SENTENCE ON FEB. 24.

DON'T MENTION:  BP SIGNED ETHICS COMM. REPORT.
Jackson County SD - Check Register
Jacksonville City BOE - Check Register
Jasper City Schls - Monthly Acc'ability Check Reg.
Jefferson County BOE - Check Register
Pell City Schools - Check Register
Perry County Schools - Check Reg.(March 2010)
Phenix City BOE - Check Register
Vestavia Hills City BOE - Check Register

Walker County Schools - Public Info - Financial
Statements
Washington County Schools - Accountability A/P
Report
Wilcox County Schools - Check Register
Winfield City BOE - Check Register
Winston County BOE -  Check Register
WHERE TO FIND ALABAMA SCHOOL DISTRICT CHECK
REGISTERS & WHAT THEY'RE CALLED:
  The most important thing to
keep in mind is that unlike many other states where districts post checks as part of
board agendas, in Alabama they're part of the business or finance department; look for
"finance statements" or "accountability reports."  They might be listed under "budget
information" and look something like this:

•  Exhibit F-I-A
•  Exhibit F-II-A - Financial Summary
•  Exhibit F-III-A
•  Exhibit F-III-B
•  Exhibit F-III-C
•  Check Register
Macon County SD - Check Register
Madison City BOE - Check Register
Madison County BOE - Check Register
Marengo County SD - Check Register
Marion County BOE - Check Register
Marshall County Schools - Check Register
Midfield City Schl District - Check Register
Mobile County PS - Search - Check Register
Monroe County PS - Monthly A/P Register
Montgomery CPS - Check Register
Morgan County Schools - Check Register
Mountain Brook City Schls - Check Reg.
Muscle Shoals BOE - Check Register
Lamar County BOE - Check Register
Lanett City BOE - Check Register
Lauderdale County BOE - Check Register
Lawrence County BOE - Check Register
Lee County BOE - Check Register
Leeds City Schools - Check Register
Limestone Schls - Check Register (March 2010)
Linden City BOE - Check Register
Lowndes County BOE - Check Register
Gadsden City Schools - Check Register
Geneva City Schools - Check Register
Geneva County Schls - Check Register
Greene County BOE - Check Register
Guntersville City Schls - Check Register

Hale County BOE - Check Register
Haleyville City Schools - Check Register
Hartselle City Schools - Check Register
Henry County BOE - Check Register
Homewood City BOE - Check Register
Hoover City Schools - Check Register
Houston County BOE - Check Register
Huntsville City Schools - Check Register
Bessemer CFO
Willie Davis
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Governor Bob Riley (L),  
Superintendent of Education Joe Morton
Left, Alabama State Board of Education members
Betty Peters, Stephanie Bell & Randy McKinney
Former chancellor Roy
Johnson; mug shot at right;
below, home in Opelika
system under their jurisdiction, two veteran conservative
Alabama State Board of Education members, Betty Peters
and Stephanie Bell,  asked to see the system's contracts,
which
Chancellor Roy Johnson finally produced several
months later; you may recognize his name as he was
subsequently fired and tried along with 14 others, including a
state representative; the case resulted in charges, guilty pleas or
convictions of all 15 on charges which included
nepotism,
money laundering, bribery, witness tampering,
false testimony
councilman John "Computer Help for Kids" Katopodis who as it turned
out had some cronies of his own, notably Ryan Idol; John was found
guilty in September 2009 of
97 counts of mail and wire fraud, and Larry
was found guilty of
60 counts the following month.  According to the
New York Times, "A jury took less than two hours to determine that as
president of the Jefferson County Commission, Mr. Langford accepted
more than $230,000 in cash, expensive clothing and jewelry in exchange
for steering $7.1 million in county bond business to a prominent
investment banker. The bonds and debt restructuring destabilized the
finances of the county, which includes Birmingham, and its sewer
system, helping to push the county to the brink of bankruptcy last year."
          
Some good can come from even the worst of disasters; in this
case, the many widespread troubles helped create an environment ripe for
transparency.  But unlike other states in the same fix where corruption
continues unchecked, Alabama was blessed with the right combination of
folks in the right places prepared to throw a good dose of sunlight at it.  
          Betty Peters
continued to suggest at SBOE meetings that Alabama
public schools put their check registers online, an idea that found merit
first with fellow members
Stephanie Bell and SBOE vice president Randy
McKinney, then with the entire board plus Joe Morton, their state
superintendent.  At local school districts parents like Trish Crain in
Hoover
sought information about their schools.
          Republican Governor Bob Riley expanded on the idea by signing
Executive Order 46 on February 11, 2009 requiring all Alabama state
governmental entities to post their check registers online.  And now the
SBOE has approved a requirement that all K-12 school districts post their
check registers on their websites; according to a spokesman for
Governor Riley, "this is included in Administrative code, which has the
force of law."  
More here at the Alabama Department of Education re the
School Fiscal Accountability Act (2006-196).  
Former B'ham
mayor
Larry Langford
1John Katopodis
(top) & Ryan Idol
Clay County Courthouse
his other best practices include getting rid of
all district credit cards but one, tightening
internal controls via improved paper trails for
purchases, and an open-door policy with the
community.
Pickens County BOE - Check Register
Piedmont City SD - Check Register
Pike County BOE - Check Register
Muscle Shoals
Oneonta City Schools - Check Register
Opelika City BOE - Check Register
Opp City BOE - Check Register
Oxford City Schools - Check Register  
Ozark City Schls - Check Reg. (March 2010)
Eufala plantation, Barbour County
Left, Hoover's Berry Middle School;
right, Trish Crain.
Gov. Bob Riley signing Executive Order 46
on Feb. 11, 2009
Friends, are you seeking transparency in your local public schools?  Good for you!   Now, let's use that energy as productively as possible with an approach that generates genuine
long-term change in our schools. Be sure to take a smile and the Golden Rule with you when you go. Proven successful field-tested strategies
here.  
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
VICE PRESIDENT RANDY McKINNEY
February 2010

Transparency is a critical component for honest government. When citizens can see
where their tax dollars are actually being spent, they will either be pleased with what
they observe or it could become a major impetus for positive change. I believe in the
Ronald Reagan adage, "Trust but verify".  A worthy goal in education (and all of
government) is for "every dollar in" and "every dollar out" of every financial account
to be easily reviewable online by anyone at anytime without any barriers to access.
Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery
Alabama State Board of Education (2010)
Elba City BOE - Check Register
Elmore County BOE - Check Register
Enterprise City Schools - A/P Registers
Escambia County BOE - Check Register
Etowah County BOE - Check Register
Eufaula City Schools - Check Register
Fairfield City BOE - Check Register
Fayette County Schools - Check Register
Florence City Schools - Check Register
Fort Payne City Schools - Check Register
Franklin County Schools - Check Register
his most recent prison sentence start date (February 24, 2010) has come
and gone and he is still a free man, testifying as the larger case continues.
          In Alabama, when it rains, it pours.  Alongside the Roy
Johnson investigation another was occurring, in Birmingham, of Mayor
Larry Langford and assorted cronies including former B'ham city
Transparency has become so much the ta-da
concept
du jour that it's easy when hearing
about new projects to assume they will be
delayed, derailed or diluted.  Not so in Alabama.  
When Gov. Riley told his state that he was
going to open up the state's books and put
spending online, he really meant it.  Here's his
2006 (Q1) state plane
flight log, reaction to state
salaries going online, here's More here re the
School Fiscal Accountability Act (2006-196)
guidelines for
schools.
Beyond pie charts:  How transparency came to Alabama schools
Pie chart (L) and Excel check register
and corruption.  The felony counts to which Roy
pleaded guilty involved six separate conspiracies to
send business to companies that provided
money,
home furnishings and jobs for his two children and
their spouses.   In early February 2010 a
federal
judge ordered Roy -- whose top annual salary in the
Alabama ed job was $257,861 -- to forfeit
$18.2
million in cash plus his $1.3 million home in Opelika,
Alabama beach
See page 16 here for more information.