State by state comparison of school finance transparency

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The following is a table comparing all states that conduct elections on the issue of school finance transparency.

For a detailed explanation on how transparency and accountability are applied towards public school financing, please see State-by-state comparison of school bond and tax laws.

Explaining table of metrics

The following comparisons under the transparency category are

  • Posts Checkbook Online-If a state requires to have school districts put their checkbooks online.
  • Posts Contracts Online-If a state requires to have school districts put their contracts online.
  • Stimulus Funding-If a state fully discloses which school districts received money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 also known as the stimulus bill.
  • Election Results-If a state requires school districts to report their election results to a government agency or a private agency monitors the results

State by-state comparison table

State Posts Checkbook Online Posts Contracts Online Stimulus Funding Election Results
Alabama Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[1]
Arkansas Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[2] Defeatedd
Arizona Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[3] Defeatedd
Colorado Pending Legislation Pending Legislation Defeatedd[4] Defeatedd
Connecticut Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[5] Approveda[6]
Delaware Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[7] Defeatedd[8] +
Florida Defeatedd Defeatedd Defeatedd[9] Defeatedd
Georgia Approveda[10] * Defeatedd Approveda[11] Approveda[12]
Illinois Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[13] Approveda[14]
Indiana Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[15] Approveda[16].
Iowa Defeatedd Defeatedd Defeatedd[17] Approveda[18]
Kansas Pending Legislation Defeatedd Defeatedd[19] Approveda[20]
Kentucky Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[21] Defeatedd
Louisiana Defeatedd Defeatedd Defeatedd[22] Approveda[23]
Maine Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[24]. Defeatedd
Michigan Pending Legislation Pending Legislation Approveda[25] Approveda[26]
Minnesota DefeateddNo DefeateddNo Approveda[27] Approveda[28]
Missouri Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[29] Approveda[30]
North Carolina Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[31] Approveda[32]
New Jersey Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[33] Approveda[34]
New Mexico Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[35] Approveda[36]
New York State Approveda[37] Approveda[38] Approveda[39] Approveda[40]
Nevada Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[41] Approveda[42]
Ohio ApprovedaYes-Beginning April 15, 2010 Defeatedd Approveda[43] Approveda[44]
Oklahoma Defeatedd Defeatedd Defeatedd[45] Defeatedd
Oregon Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[46] Approveda[47]
Pennsylvania Defeatedd Defeatedd ApprovedaYes-Search by County Defeatedd
South Carolina Approveda[48] Approveda[49] Approveda[50] Approveda[51]
South Dakota Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[52] Defeatedd
Texas Pending Legislation Under Evaluation by State Comptroller Approveda[53] Approveda[54]
Utah Approveda[55] Approveda[56] Approveda[57] Defeatedd
Virginia Defeatedd Defeatedd Defeatedd Defeatedd
Washington State Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[58] Approveda[59]
West Virginia Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[60]
Wisconsin Defeatedd Defeatedd Approveda[61] Approveda[62]
Wyoming Defeatedd Defeatedd Defeatedd Defeatedd
  • * Only for School Board Members Travel Expenses
  • + Delaware stopped posting school bond election results in 2002.

See also


  1. Alabama Office of Recovery Database
  2. State of Arizona Stimulus Map
  3. State of Arizona Stimulus Map
  4. [1]
  5. Connecticut Department of Recovery Database
  6. [2]
  7. Delaware Office of Recovery database
  8. Delaware Elections Commission database (dead link)
  9. Florida Recovery Database
  10. Open Georgia
  11. Georgia Recovery Funding Map
  12. Georgia Secretary of State Database
  13. Illinois Recovery Database-Search via an Excel File
  14. Illinois State Board of Education database
  15. Indiana Recovery Website-Search by County
  16. Indiana Secretary of State-Official Election Database
  17. [3]
  18. Iowa Department of Education database
  19. Kansas Recovery Database
  20. [4]
  21. Kentucky At Work Database
  22. [5]
  23. Louisiana Secretary of State Bond Election Database (timed out)
  24. Maine Office of Recovery
  25. Michigan Stimulus Funding Map-Click by County
  26. Michigan State Treasurer's School bond election database
  27. [State of Minnesota stimulus funding map
  28. Minnesota School Boards Association Database
  29. Missouri Accountability Portal
  30. Missouri State Auditor (dead link)
  31. North Carolina Recovery-Access data via Excel file
  32. North Carolina Department of Education-School Building Clearinghouse
  33. State of New Jersey Stimulus Funding Map
  34. Ballotpedia link to New Jersey School Boards Association bond election database
  35. New Mexico Department of Recovery Database
  36. New Mexico Bond Database
  37. New York transparency requirement
  38. See Through New York
  39. [6]
  40. [7]
  41. Open Nevada Stimulus Funding Database (dead link)
  42. Nevada Secretary of State-Search by County Database
  43. Yes-Click By County
  44. Ohio Department of Education Database
  45. Oklahoma Recovery Database (timed out)
  46. Oregon Recovery Database
  47. Oregon School Boards Association Election Database
  48. [8]
  49. [9]
  50. South Carolina Recovery database
  51. South Carolina School Boards Association bond election history
  52. South Dakota Recovery Database
  53. Texas Office of Recovery database
  54. Texas Bond Review Board Database
  55. [10]
  56. [11]
  57. Utah Stimulus Funding Map
  58. Washington State Recovery Act Funding Map
  59. Washington Department of Public Instruction Election Database
  60. West Virginia Recovery Database
  61. Wisconsin Office of Recovery and Reinvestment Database
  62. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Bond Referenda Database