School's Open Montana

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School's Open Montana is an interactive resource center that contains budget data for Montana's K-12 schools.

Users of the website can search through summary pages for each school district in the state to find current and historical budget data.

The transparency website is sponsored by the Montana Policy Institute (MPI). According to MPI, the goal of the site "is to provide citizens, opinion leaders, and lawmakers with a user friendly and comprehensive source of information on school revenues and spending from around the state. The site contains easy to use search tools and graphics that translate raw data from official but difficult to navigate sources into usable and understandable information. 'The goal isn’t to pass judgment or change any minds' according to Carl Graham. 'We want to raise the level of debate about school spending by providing taxpayers with as much information as possible. Once they see the data they can decide for themselves what the numbers for their district mean.'"

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