When Alabama's two-year college system became the latest state government entity to put its checkbook online in a bid for transparency last month, members of the Alabama board of education wondered why the same couldn't be done in the K-12 system, reports the Associated Press. Board members, who are mulling possible action to force the system to act, said listing financial transactions and other details on the internet for all to see is the best way to prove dollars are being spent responsibly. But officials at the state Department of Education said it's just not that simple. Among their concerns:


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