2-year college system's checkbook now online - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

2-year college system's checkbook now online

L-R Ethics Commission Executive Director Jim Sumner, Governor Bob Riley, Alabama Press Association Director Felicia Mason and ACCS Chancellor Bradley Byrne. L-R Ethics Commission Executive Director Jim Sumner, Governor Bob Riley, Alabama Press Association Director Felicia Mason and ACCS Chancellor Bradley Byrne.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's community college system has launched a new online tool that makes its checkbook public.

The system is also posting a report card for online schools that lists programs, accreditation and licensing status.

And it has created a searchable database that consumers can use to compare prices and programs of private schools and community colleges.

Chancellor Bradley Byrne unveiled the site Tuesday and said officials believe the details posted are the most extensive of any college system in the country.

The site currently lists the amount and recipient of expenditures, but Byrne said it is still being worked on and the reasons for expenditures will be included in October.

He said in the meantime people with questions about specific transactions can call the system and staff there will find out more information.

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