My family and I left Long Island (NY) last summer. One reason I'm glad we did that is because local control of schools has run amok there. There are over 120 school districts just on Long Island. Over the last couple of years, there have been a series of school finance scandals, leading the state attorney general to conduct special audits of all of those school districts. Now, another scandal is unfolding as the state is investigating the possibility that attorneys were "double dipping" and receiving pensions that they did not earn. Residents there are furious and I have little doubt that school budgets will be voted down this year, likely in record numbers.
Given that context, I was amazed when I read this article about transparency and financial data at Oregon State University. Anyone who has access to the OSU network can login to a financial database and see a record of every single transaction that involves university budgets. That sort of transparency seems extraordinary to me and I wonder what would happen if a K-12 system were to implement something similar. I'm guessing it wouldn't be pretty.