Sunshine Review: Canyons Earns A+ for Transparency
Of Utah's 10 largest school districts included in the report card, Canyons is the only one to earn an A+ grade. Utah school districts received an average B grade. Nationally, just 20 percent of school districts received a grade of B or higher.
"Transparency empowers citizens," Michael Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review, a national non-profit organization that advocates for transparency in government, said in a prepared statement. "Citizens are entitled to crucial information on how the public business is conducted and how public money is spent. Without this information, voters cannot hold government accountable. Without transparency, accountability is impossible."
Grades were assigned based on Sunshine Review's 10-point Transparency Checklist, which the group applied to more than 6,000 government Web sites. The checklist examines the online availability of budget, academic performance, taxes and other public information.