Category Archives: Websites/Databases/Blogs

Shared Services/Consolidation

Source: Center for Governmental Research, 2011

Many local governments and school districts turn to CGR to identify options for increasing efficiency, effectiveness and equity via service sharing or consolidation.


List of Shared Services/Consolidation Project Websites:
Village of Addison Shared Services
Village of Altmar Dissolution Study, Plan & Alternatives
Crafting a New City Charter for “One Batavia”
Batavia Consolidation Plan
Village of Brockport Dissolution Vote
Village of Candor Dissolution Study
Village of Chaumont Dissolution Study and Plan
Consolidation Study for the Township & Borough of Chester
Village of Dansville Shared Services/Consolidation Study
Village of Edwards Dissolution Study
Village of Hudson Falls & Town of Kingsbury
Village of Johnson City Dissolution Study
Village of Malone Investigating Options for the Future
Medina, Ridgeway & Shelby Shared Services, Town Merger & Village Dissolution Study
Village of North Collins Consolidation, Merger and Dissolution Feasibility Study
Town and Village of Ossining Evaluation of Potential Government Structures
Village of Painted Post & Town of Erwin Study
Village of Perrysburg Dissolution Study
Village of Port Henry Dissolution Study
Village of Potsdam Dissolution Study
Consolidation Study for Princeton NJ Township & Borough
Study of Governance and Service Options Town of Rye
Village of Seneca Falls Dissolution Study
Village of Victory Dissolution Study and Plan

Government Efficiency: Fire, Police, School, Service

Source: Dave Scott and Kathy Antoniotti, Akron Beacon Journal, Government Efficiency Blog, 2011

The Beacon Journal is in the initial stages of a new project that will look at fire department efficiency, including collaborative efforts between departments, possible mergers and best practices.

Unlike many previous projects, fire chiefs, politicians and other possible sources will be invited to participate in this blog by suggesting areas to investigate, examples of earlier attempts to achieve efficiency and criticism of the project as it moves along.

The blog also will be a place to display background that can’t fit into the print editions. We will direct you to other websites that are doing similar work.

A Growing Movement: America’s Largest Charter School Communities, Sixth Annual Edition

Source: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, October 2011

Public charter schools are a growing part of America’s public education system. Nearly 20 years after the first charter school opened, charter schools provide significant public educational options for parents and students in an increasing number of communities. In the last two years alone, 19 states partially or entirely lifted their arbitrary caps on the number of charter schools, and Maine enacted a law in 2011 to permit charter schools to operate for the first time in its history. All these policy changes create the potential for even greater growth of public charter schools. And the growth in public charter school enrollment presented in this report shows that parent demand for school options continues.

Annually, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools examines the growing student enrollment in public charter schools. …

Today, a record number of school districts–six–have at least 30 percent of their public school students enrolled in public charter schools. Charter schools in New Orleans enroll an astounding 70 percent of public school students. Additionally, 18 school districts have 20 percent or more of their public school students enrolled in charter schools, eleven more than when we first printed this report six years ago. Nearly 100 districts now have at least 10 percent of public school students in charter schools.
See also:
Measuring Up to the Model: A tool for Comparing State Charter School Laws
Source: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 2011

The Innovator’s Collaborative Series

Source: Kent State University’s (KSU) Center for Public Administration and Public Policy (KSU Center, June 28, 2011

Kent State University’s (KSU) Center for Public Administration and Public Policy (KSU Center) is releasing information on 142 collaborative actions that are currently being implemented in Northeast Ohio.

This listing of collaborative actions has emerged from research conducted by the KSU Center over the past several years, and we are also transmitting this list to the State of Ohio’s Auditor’s Office for inclusion in their Shared Services Idea Center.

On May 31, 2011, the Center released 105 Ideas Sorted by County. The Center has also released a brief summary of key information on local government collaboration that has emerged from the KSU Center’s research, along with several short stories about initiatives that are being implemented.
See also:
* The Innovator’s Collaborative Series – 142 Collaborative Actions By County (.PDF Version)
* The Innovator’s Collaborative Series – 142 Collaborative Actions by Service Area (.PDF Version)
* The Innovator’s Collaborative Series – 105 Collaborative Ideas By County (.PDF Version)
* An Overview of The Center’s Research on Collaboration
* Collaborative Success Stories – Several Narratives

In the Public Interest

Source: In the Public Interest, 2010

In the Public Interest is a Resource Center on privatization and responsible contracting. It is committed to equipping citizens, public officials, and public interest groups with the information, ideas, and other resources they need to ensure that public contracts with private entities are transparent, fair, well-managed, and effectively monitored, and that those contracts meet the long-term needs of communities.

The mission of the Resource Center is to provide:
* Accurate, high-quality information, across a variety of sectors and jurisdictions, about trends in privatization, key industry players, and the impact of privatization on service quality, infrastructure maintenance and costs; and
* Tools and resources to help public officials, researchers, advocates, workers, and administrators ensure that essential public goods and services are available to those who need them, managed by people who are publicly accountable, and affordable to all.

Subcontractor, subgrantee data now available to the public

Source: Robert Brodsky,, December 7, 2010

After years of policy delays, regulatory reviews and technology overhauls, the public now can finally view data on subcontractors and subgrantees on Previously, spending data were required only for prime contractors and grant recipients.

In late November, subaward information on government contracts began to appear on the site for the first time, opening a new window to how the government spends hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars.

Charter school scandal blog


A record of the charter schools which have been publicly charged with, or are highly suspected of, tampering with admissions, grades, attendance and testing; misusing local, state, and federal funds; engaging in nepotism and conflicts of interest; engaging in complicated and shady real estate deals; and/or have been engaging in other unethical, borderline-legal, or illegal activities. And other unsavory tidbits.