You Oughta Know

Learn about school spending online

Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives. For recent You Oughta Know columns, go to www.kansas.com/oughta.

The record: The finances, by county, of public elementary and secondary school systems with enrollments of 10,000 or more.

Why you'd want it: To learn about spending in Sedgwick and area counties and compare it with other states.

Where you get it: From the U.S. Census Bureau, www.census.gov. In the search field, type in "education spending." Then click on the "government spending on education" link and then on the "Public Education Finances: 2006" link.

How much it will cost: The information is free.

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