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 a complete list of You Oughta Know columns, go to www.kansas.com/oughta.
The record: A searchable database of public and private schools, colleges and public libraries across the country.
Why you’d want it: To learn more about educational opportunities near you. You can search by ZIP code, city or state. You also may search by the name of the school, college or library.
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Where you get it: The National Center for Education Statistics, which is under the U.S. Department of Education, keeps the database. The database is at http://nces.ed.gov/globallocator.
How much does it cost: The information is free.