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About Us

When the Chalkboard Project conducted the most extensive statewide polling ever of Oregonians on education issues and priorities, 65% said they would have greater confidence in K-12 schools if they could easily find standardized budget information they could compare and contrast.

People want to know where their money is going, and they want that information in a straightforward manner that is easy to understand.

The Open Book$ Project aims to provide ordinary Oregonians with an open, simple look at where K-12 dollars really go. Audited data is supplied by the Oregon Department of Education in cooperation with Oregon's 198 school districts.

Open Book$ is funded by the Chalkboard Project , a non-partisan, non-profit initiative of Foundations For A Better Oregon. Launched in early 2004, Chalkboard exists to inspire Oregonians to do what it takes to make the state's K-12 public schools among the nation's best, while restoring a sense of involvement and ownership back to taxpayers. Chalkboard aims to help create a more informed and engaged public who understand and address the tough choices and trade-offs required to build strong schools.

Additional partners joined with Chalkboard to share a common vision for budget transparency, and to create Open Book$:

For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Open Book$ Icons & Definitions

Teaching and Student Resources

Teachers, instructional assistants, special education, speech pathologists, attendance officers, school nurses, library services, counseling, community services, supplies, textbooks and equipment. Click here for more details.

Principal's Office

Principals, vice-principals, secretaries, and the supplies and equipment they use to perform their jobs.

Buses, Buildings and Food

Student transportation, building maintenance, heat, light, custodians, cafeteria.

Business Services and Technology

Information technology, personnel, curriculum research and evaluation, printing educational materials.

Central Administration

Staff salaries, benefits and supplies in the superintendent's office, or for other education leaders not located at specific schools.