Show me the records: School finance reports

Monday, September 3, 2012 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give citizens the opportunity to find out what's going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public.

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The records: School finance reports

Why you'd want the records: This online tool allows you to take a closer look at enrollment, spending and revenue for Columbia Public Schools. You can compare how the district has changed from year to year.

How you get the records: Go to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website at Click the "Core Data" link under the "Data System Management" tab near in the middle of the menu at the top of the page. Then click the "School District Profiles" on the left. You can select Columbia 93 from the drop down menu at the top of the new page. The school finance data is listed under "Educational Resources," in the "Resources and Process" box. If you click on that link, you can select the years you want data for.

How much it will cost: The information is free.

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