York Co. school district websites get (mostly) bad grades; one takes up the challenge

This is not pretty.

The government transparency website Sunshine Review graded the websites of school districts across the country, based on how much public information was available on the sites — things ranging from taxes to budgets to meeting information to audits to academic performance.

In other words, a lot of things people might want to know about their school districts and, according to Sunshine Review, should be available with the click of a mouse.

York County’s districts, overall, did poorly. Here are their grades:

B-minus — Dallastown Area, Red Lion Area
C – South Eastern, South Western
C-minus — Southern, West Shore, York City
D — Dover Area, Eastern York, Northeastern, Northern York
D-minus — Central, Spring Grove Area, York Suburban
F — Hanover, West York Area

Dallastown and Red Lion appear to be doing some things right, but otherwise, yikes. You can look up what Sunshine Review found, and didn’t, on those websites here. There are also some tips on how you can take action to increase transparency at your district.

At least one York County district deserves a tip of the Record Tracker cap for its response to that report card.

 Julie Randall Romig, Central’s director of communications, saw an earlier blog post about Sunshine Review and looked up her district’s grade. She e-mailed that she printed out Sunshine Review’s checklist for school districts to use it with the district’s Communications Advisory Council with a goal of improving the website.

It’d be great if other districts took up that challenge.

About Scott Blanchard

Sunday editor at the York (Pa.) Daily Record/Sunday News. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.
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