Tennessee Gets ‘B’ For Usefulness of Gov’t Websites

Tennessee landed in the middle of the pack in a new ranking of online transparency – whether public information like contracts, lobbying costs, and meeting minutes were available online.

The state scored 70 percent, or a B, on the 2013 Transparency Report Card, a national study put out by Sunshine Review, an Arlington, Va.-based nonprofit. That put Tennessee 24th among the states, coming in behind Hawaii but ahead of Alaska.

California, Washington and Illinois topped the list.

Pulling down Tennessee’s overall ranking were school districts, whose websites scored a paltry 51.5%, or C-, on the group’s scale. The state scored a B for its state website, B- for counties’ websites, and C+ for cities’.

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