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APS Website Earns High Marks for Transparency
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Open government group gives district higher grade than two years ago
March 29, 2012
The Albuquerque Public Schools website is one of 214 government websites in the country to receive a “Sunny Award” from a national nonprofit agency that focuses on state and local government transparency.
The Sunshine Review issued its third annual Sunny Awards after reviewing more than 6,000 state and local government websites. It uses a 10-point transparency checklist to evaluate the content of the sites and determined that APS.edu makes information readily available to its constituents. APS received a grade of ‘A-’ after receiving a ‘B’ in 2010. Nine agencies in New Mexico received an ‘A’ including the Santa Fe and Las Cruces school districts.
“The ‘A’ we earned for transparency from the Sunshine Review validates our efforts to make the APS website more informative and accessible,” said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks. “We stand by our belief that APS.edu is the most cost-efficient, timely and user-friendly communication tool available to us today. We’re proud of its continued improvement.”
The Sunshine Review’s evaluation of the APS website found that the district does a good job providing information on its academics, budget, meetings, elected and administrative officials, contracts, audits and public records. The only area in need of improvement, according to the Sunshine Review, was in providing more details on taxes. You can read the list of award winners and the report on APS here.
Sunshine Review is a nonprofit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency. Formed in 2008, Sunshine Review collaborates with individuals and organizations throughout America in the cause of an informed citizenry and a transparent government.
APS and its website have received other honors for being open and informative. The website was recognized by the New Mexico Technology Council for its outstanding contribution to the community through efforts to provide timely and accurate information, and Brooks received the William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award from the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government for releasing information and speaking openly and frankly about the school district, both in 2010.