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ERIC Number: ED558571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar-13
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
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Reading a District Budget: Reporter Guide
McNeil, Michele
Education Writers Association
Every school budget tells a story--about a district's spending plan, its priorities, goals, and financial health. The challenge is to wade through the jargon and numbers to unlock that story. Although budgets can vary significantly from district to district, and state to state, this primer seeks to introduce reporters to the fundamental components of a district's spending plan, offer tips for making sense out of a sea of numbers, and suggest questions that could lead to important stories. [This article was written in consultation with John Musso. This guide was made possible in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. ]
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Writers Association