School Finance

Rose Institute’s “Annual Analysis of San Diego County Public School District Budgets”

Conducted by the Rose Institute of Claremont-McKenna College, this annual study compared the revenues and expenditures of all 43 school districts in San Diego County between 1997-2001. The study received extensive media coverage and encouraged school districts to be more publicly transparent about their finances.

User-Friendly Budget Format

Based on reactions to the Rose report, Girard Foundation commissioned School Services of California to create the “User-Friendly Budget” format, an annually updated software product which school districts can use to produce simple-to-understand financial reports for their constituents. Since its release in 2002, SSC has documented over 900 users of the tool in school districts throughout California, colleges of education, and the California Department of Education.