Follow the Money: Digging Into School District Finances


When it comes to school district finances, the numbers aren’t easy to add up. But tracking and analyzing this information is a powerful tool to drive smart news coverage.

Veteran education journalist Tawnell Hobbs of The Wall Street Journal shares tips and tricks for digging into district operating budgets and actual expenditures, as well as salary databases, overtime requests, check registers and credit card accounts, purchase orders, and more. Learn how to evaluate fiscal data that’s readily available and make the most of open records requests.

You’ll come away with a trove of story ideas to help the public better understand district priorities and challenges, and to assess how well a school system’s stated goals square with the on-the-ground reality. Ready to get smart on sorting through complex fiscal data ahead of the new school year? This is the webinar you’ve been waiting for.