Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Blackfoot woman who helped expose secret school district payments won kudos for making government more open. Joyce Bingham, a substitute teacher, was named Thursday as recipient of the 2013 Max Dalton Open Government Award, for which she'll receive $1,000. Bingham gets the award, awarded annually since 1999 by the Idaho Newspaper Foundation, after making a request under Idaho's Public Records Law to the Blackfoot School District. She'd heard rumors former superintendent Scott Crane got a large payout for resigning. The district denied her request, prompting Bingham to take trustees to court where she eventually won. The documents showed the district paid $210,000 to Crane — and conspired to keep the cash secret. Foundation director Tom Grote says Bingham risked retaliation to ensure important information saw the light of day.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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