That’s the new name of our education committee. This is a NON-PARTISAN committee formed by the Libertarian Party of DeKalb County currently focused on bringing transparency to our public school system. Our only goal at this time is to gently persuade the school board members to post the school system check register online. Our approach is to talk individually with each board member (or candidate) to let them know that this is being done by school districts all over the country (for instance the whole state of Alabama and the largest school district in the country – New York City), and has not been a problem or a hassle or a big expense, but instead shows the board’s commitment to transparency. When we have gotten a reading on the feelings of all the board members (and the candidates) on this action item, we will seek to get this on the agenda of a school board meeting.
To get up to speed on this process, please see www.peytonwolcott.com.
An alternative approach which members of the committee can work on as desired is to advocate legislation at the state level to have all school districts throughout the state put their check registers online (including, of course, our county). A sample of this legislation can be found in Appendix B of the article “They Spend WHAT? The Real Cost of Public Schools”, by Adam Schaeffer, http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa662.pdf.
This committee primarily works through e-mails and phone calls between the members, but whoever is able to meet once a month to catch up on the news and meet face-to-face is also welcome. We meet at The Famous Pub at 7:00 PM on the first Tuesday of each month. To be placed on the phone and e-mail discussion, please e-mail David Montané at “me-at-davidmontane-dot-com”.