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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 Defeatedd

No

Defeatedd

No

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 Approveda

Yes-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


Approveda

Yes-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

References

  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
  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
  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
  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
  42. Nevada Secretary of State-Search by County Database
  43. Yes-Click By County
  44. Ohio Department of Education Database
  45. Oklahoma Recovery Database
  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