2013 Sunny Awards

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Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency, released the winners of the fourth annual Sunny Awards. The award, which honors the most transparent government websites in the nation, went to 247 government entities with Florida receiving the most Sunny Awards.

“The Sunny Awards recognize governments that make transparency a priority. The winners of the Sunny Awards are cities, counties and school districts that proactively share the public information that empowers citizens and keeps government accountable to the people,” said Michael Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review.

For the 2013 awards, Editors at Sunshine Review analyzed more than 1,000 qualifying government websites and graded each on a 10-point transparency checklist. Editors looked at content available on government websites against what should be provided. They sought information on items such as budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes. The winners of the Sunny Award all received an “A” grade during the extensive grading process.

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Eight states earned nearly half of the 247 Sunny Awards given. The leading states were Florida (25), Virginia (19), Illinois (19), California (12), Georgia (12), Kansas (11), Oklahoma (10) and Colorado (9). In addition, 35 counties, 22 cities and 42 school districts from all over the country earned the coveted “A+” grade. Sunshine Review also analyzes official state government websites. However, no state received an “A” grade due to Sunshine Review’s 2013 “raising the bar” initiative, which includes additional budget requirements, online checkbook register and a FOIA compliance report.

Since beginning the Sunny Awards in 2010, Sunshine Review has given 613 awards to local and state governments. In 2012, Florida once again took home the most awards with other leading states including Texas (21), Illinois (19), Virginia (14), Ohio (10) and Pennsylvania (10). Florida won more Sunny Awards than any other state in 2011 and 2010 as well.

“Sunshine Review applauds the 247 winners of the Sunny Award and encourages every government to allocate the resources to improving their website transparency,” said Barnhart.

The Sunny Awards announcement falls during the annual of “Sunshine Week,” March 10-16, a period nationally recognized by hundreds of media and civic organizations, that celebrates the efforts of activists and the strides taken towards open government.

2013 Winners

Winner State Grade
Anchorage, Alaska AK A+
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Alaska AK A+
Anchorage School District, Alaska AK A-
Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska AK A-
Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, Alaska AK A-
Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska AK A-
Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska AK A-
Sitka, Alaska AK A-
Fayetteville Public Schools, Arkansas AR A+
Chandler, Arizona AZ A+
Pinal County, Arizona AZ A+
Surprise, Arizona AZ A+
Mesa, Arizona AZ A-
Peoria, Arizona AZ A-
Phoenix, Arizona AZ A-
Pima County, Arizona AZ A-
Tucson, Arizona AZ A-
Costa Mesa, California CA A+
Huntington Park, California CA A+
San Francisco Unified School District, California CA A+
San Juan Unified School District, California CA A+
Bell, California CA A-
Berkeley, California CA A-
Los Angeles County, California CA A-
Nevada County, California CA A-
Sacramento, California CA A-
San Diego, California CA A-
San Francisco County, California CA A-
San Francisco, California CA A-
Adams County, Colorado CO A+
Douglas County, Colorado CO A+
El Paso County, Colorado CO A+
San Juan County, Colorado CO A+
Arapahoe County, Colorado CO A-
Denver County 1 School District, Colorado CO A-
Jefferson County, Colorado CO A-
San Miguel County, Colorado CO A-
Wilmington, Delaware DE A-
Duval County Public Schools, Florida FL A+
Escambia County School District, Florida FL A+
Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida FL A+
Indian River School District, Florida FL A+
Okeechobee County, Florida FL A+
Orange County Public Schools, Florida FL A+
Palm Beach County School District, Florida FL A+
Pinellas County, Florida FL A+
Polk County School District, Florida FL A+
Seminole County Public Schools, Florida FL A+
St. Lucie County, Florida FL A+
Duval County, Florida FL A-
Indian River County, Florida FL A-
Leon County, Florida FL A-
Manatee County, Florida FL A-
Marion County Public Schools, Florida FL A-
Miami, Florida FL A-
Oakland Park, Florida FL A-
Polk County, Florida FL A-
Sarasota County, Florida FL A-
St. Johns County School District, Florida FL A-
St. Johns County, Florida FL A-
St. Lucie County School District, Florida FL A-
Sumter County School Board, Florida FL A-
Sumter County, Florida FL A-
Canton, Georgia GA A+
Cherokee County, Georgia GA A+
Clayton County, Georgia GA A+
Cobb County Public Schools, Georgia GA A+
Cobb County, Georgia GA A+
Coweta County, Georgia GA A+
Fulton County Public Schools, Georgia GA A+
Henry County, Georgia GA A+
Fulton County, Georgia GA A-
Gwinnett County, Georgia GA A-
Richmond County, Georgia GA A-
Rockdale County, Georgia GA A-
Savannah, Georgia GA A-
Kauai County, Hawaii HI A+
Maui County, Hawaii HI A-
Ankeny Community School District, Iowa IA A-
Davenport, Iowa IA A+
Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa IA A-
Iowa City, Iowa IA A+
Sioux City Community School District, Iowa IA A+
Johnson County, Iowa IA A-
Scott County, Iowa IA A-
West Des Moines Community Schools, Iowa IA A-
Boise School District, Idaho ID A+
Canyon County, Idaho ID A+
Blaine County School District, Idaho ID A-
Caldwell School District, Idaho ID A-
Carbondale, Illinois IL A+
Evanston, Illinois IL A+
Lake County, Illinois IL A+
McHenry County, Illinois IL A+
Naperville, Illinois IL A+
New Trier High School, Illinois IL A+
Springfield School District 186, Illinois IL A+
Township High School District 211, Illinois IL A+
Wheaton Warrenville Community School District 200, Illinois IL A+
Will County, Illinois IL A+
Wilmette, Illinois IL A+
Champaign County, Illinois IL A-
Community Consolidated School District 54, Illinois IL A-
DuPage County, Illinois IL A-
Kane County, Illinois IL A-
Madison County, Illinois IL A-
Rockford School District 205, Illinois IL A-
Township High School District 214, Illinois IL A-
Village of Barrington Hills, Illinois IL A-
Indianapolis, Indiana IN A-
Marion County, Indiana IN A-
Johnson County, Kansas KS A+
Overland Park, Kansas KS A+
Shawnee, Kansas KS A+
Bel Aire, Kansas KS A-
Kansas City, Kansas KS A-
Lawrence, Kansas KS A+
Sedgwick County, Kansas KS A-
Topeka, Kansas KS A-
Wichita Public School District, Kansas KS A-
Wichita, Kansas KS A+
Wyandotte County, Kansas KS A-
Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky KY A-
Lafourche Parish, Louisiana LA A+
Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana LA A+
St. Charles Parish, Louisiana LA A-
Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Maryland MD A+
Gaithersburg, Maryland MD A+
Allegany County, Maryland MD A+
Carroll County, Maryland MD A-
Frederick, Maryland MD A-
Garrett County, Maryland MD A-
Howard County Public Schools, Maryland MD A+
Rockville, Maryland MD A-
Aroostook County, Maine ME A+
Lewiston, Maine ME A-
Waldo County, Maine ME A-
Ann Arbor Public Schools, Michigan MI A-
Ann Arbor, Michigan MI A-
Lansing, Michigan MI A-
Portage, Michigan MI A-
Anoka County, Minnesota MN A+
Carver County, Minnesota MN A-
Minneapolis Public Schools, Minnesota MN A-
Clay County, Missouri MO A-
Francis Howell School District, Missouri MO A-
Independence, Missouri MO A-
Rockwood School District, Missouri MO A+
Springfield, Missouri MO A-
Gaston County Schools, North Carolina NC A+
Buncombe County Schools, North Carolina NC A-
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina NC A-
Johnston County Schools, North Carolina NC A-
Raleigh, North Carolina NC A-
Union County Public Schools, North Carolina NC A-
Wake County, North Carolina NC A-
Adams County, Nebraska NE A-
Hall County, Nebraska NE A-
Sarpy County, Nebraska NE A-
Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska NE A-
Nashua, New Hampshire NH A-
Sussex County, New Jersey NJ A+
Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico NM A+
Albuquerque, New Mexico NM A+
Santa Fe Public Schools, New Mexico NM A+
Bernalillo County, New Mexico NM A-
Santa Fe County, New Mexico NM A+
Santa Fe, New Mexico NM A-
Greece Central School District, New York NY A+
Buffalo City School District, New York NY A-
Rochester, New York NY A-
Fulton County, Ohio OH A+
Columbus, Ohio OH A-
Hamilton County, Ohio OH A-
Lorain County, Ohio OH A-
Montgomery County, Ohio OH A-
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma OK A+
Enid, Oklahoma OK A+
Oklahoma County, Oklahoma OK A+
Owasso, Oklahoma OK A+
Tulsa County, Oklahoma OK A+
Tulsa, Oklahoma OK A+
Edmond Public Schools, Oklahoma OK A-
Norman, Oklahoma OK A-
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma OK A-
Wagoner County, Oklahoma OK A-
Albany, Oregon OR A+
Eugene School District, Oregon OR A-
Salem-Keizer School District, Oregon OR A-
Salem, Oregon OR A-
Erie City School District, Pennsylvania PA A+
New Hope-Solebury School District, Pennsylvania PA A+
New Kensington-Arnold School District, Pennsylvania PA A+
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania PA A-
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania PA A-
Upper Dublin Township, Pennsylvania PA A-
West Chester Area School District, Pennsylvania PA A-
Newport, Rhode Island RI A-
Aiken County, South Carolina SC A+
Pickens School District, South Carolina SC A+
Rock Hill, South Carolina SC A+
Anderson County, South Carolina SC A-
Beaufort County School District, South Carolina SC A-
North Charleston, South Carolina SC A-
Rock Hill Schools 3, South Carolina SC A-
Brandon Valley School District, South Dakota SD A-
Knox County, Tennessee TN A-
Shelby County, Tennessee TN A-
Wilson County, Tennessee TN A-
McKinney Independent School District, Texas TX A+
Burleson, Texas TX A-
Houston, Texas TX A-
Huntsville, Texas TX A-
Keller, Texas TX A-
Laredo, Texas TX A-
New Braunfels, Texas TX A-
Canyons School District, Utah UT A+
Provo School District, Utah UT A+
West Jordan, Utah UT A+
Davis School District, Utah UT A-
Jordan School District, Utah UT A-
Salt Lake City School District, Utah UT A-
Salt Lake City, Utah UT A-
Arlington County, Virginia VA A+
Chesterfield County, Virginia VA A+
Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia VA A+
Gloucester County, Virginia VA A+
Hampton City Schools, Virginia VA A+
Henrico County Public Schools, Virginia VA A+
James City County, Virginia VA A-
Mathews County, Virginia VA A+
Montgomery County, Virginia VA A+
Prince George County, Virginia VA A+
Richmond Public Schools, Virginia VA A+
Washington County, Virginia VA A+
Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, Virginia VA A+
Arlington Public Schools, Virginia VA A-
Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia VA A-
Prince William County Public Schools, Virginia VA A-
Richmond, Virginia VA A-
Virginia Beach, Virginia VA A-
Williamsburg, Virginia VA A-
York County, Virginia VA A-
South Burlington, Vermont VT A-
Seattle Public Schools, Washington WA A+
Spokane Public Schools, Washington WA A+
Kennewick School District, Washington WA A-
Seattle, Washington WA A-
Tacoma Public Schools, Washington WA A+
Milwaukee Public Schools, Wisconsin WI A+
Milwaukee, Wisconsin WI A-
Lincoln County School District Number 2, Wyoming WY A+

  • Savannah, Georgia, Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa, and James City County, Virginia were added to the list of winners for qualifying during Sunshine Week.

Past Winners