The toolkit contains five major sections:
Get Started. This section helps you set a mission for your school finance initiative, organize your people to get the job done, and find the resources to get the job done.
Engage the Public. This section discusses strategies for engaging the public up-front, finding out what citizens want to know about school finance -- and why.
Crunch the Numbers. This section addresses the nitty-gritty work of creating a community guide to the school budget, offering helpful tips on finding, analyzing, and presenting information effectively.
Put the Numbers to Work. This section talks about ways you can use the information you have gathered as a catalyst for community-wide discussions of school finance and its impact on school quality.
Resources. This section contains a variety of tools used by community-based organizations in their school finance initiatives, everything from town meeting agendas to focus group questions to budget analysis spreadsheets. This section also contains references to many sources of data about school finance, many of them just a mouse-click or toll-free call away.