ASBO Matters News Journal - Spring/Summer 2016 - (Page 17)

INTERACTIVE DATA BY BRENTON HIGGINS Schools Can Achieve Budget Transparency Online D o you prefer to comb through tables of data on the weekends instead of picking up the latest New York Times bestseller? No? Neither do I, and neither does the typical parent or school board member. Yet every year, finance offices chug out district budget data and flood the Internet with tables full of complex numbers in an effort to inform the public. In early 2014, the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) thought there may be a better way and asked members of our community what they wanted to know about school budgets. The answers were generally the same. Parents want to know how their child's school is strategically allocating resources and how their school's budget compares to others. The local governing body and various interest groups want to know how much funding is allocated to schools, how it is allocated, and why. With these demands in mind, DCPS published the DCPS Interactive Data Center in January 2015. The DCPS Interactive Data Center website hosts a series of data visualizations that are easily manipulated by the user to see specific information. For example, the FY16 Since January 2015, 9,000 new users have logged time at the Data Center, reviewing one of seven dashboards that cover Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016. School Comparisons Dashboard allows parents to compare the enrollment and budgets of two schools, for example, two middle schools near their neighborhood. A parent trying to decide which school to rank higher in the citywide school lottery might use the tool to compare the difference in what is budgeted for world language teachers. Since January 2015, 9,000 new users have logged time at the Data Center, reviewing one of seven dashboards that cover Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016. The site received praise from the Washington Post and several community blogs this past year, and DCPS is consulting with several school districts interested in launching similar platforms. DCPS explored two approaches to using data visualizations to improve budget transparency. It could hire a company to build ASBO MATTERS NEWS JOURNAL * 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASBO Matters News Journal - Spring/Summer 2016

From the President
Executive Director’s Message
Association News
Budgeting Wisely How Do You Manage What You Don’t Measure?
Financial Management Managed Print Services Help PCCPS “do More With Less”
Supplier Partnerships Benefiting From a Supplier Partnership
Risk Management Balancing the Burden of Risk Management and Compliance
Innovative Classrooms Bel Air High School Opens New Aquaponics Lab
Interactive Data Schools Can Achieve Budget Transparency Online
School Environments Keeping Eyes on the Ball(s) — Creating Healthy Indoor School Environments
Professional Development (Net)work That Conference: 15 Proven Tips to Help You
Index of Advertisers

ASBO Matters News Journal - Spring/Summer 2016

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