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Sept. 21, 2021

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‘Sunshine’ group rates government websites

The Columbian

The Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit pro-transparency organization, announced letter grades for Washington’s government and school district websites.

Overall, the state got a B+ grade in transparency — among the top three in the country — while Washington’s 10 largest school districts averaged a C grade, the foundation said in a news release.

“Washington’s state website exemplifies what a transparent site should look like,” said Michael Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review, in the statement.

Sunshine Review’s state rankings rate content available on government websites against what should be provided. The checklist seeks information on items such as budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes.

The Washington state website earned an A, accounting for half of Washington’s overall grade. Sunshine Review also analyzed the websites of the five largest counties, including Clark County, which averaged a B. The five largest cities, including Vancouver, also earned a B and the 10 largest school districts earned a C average.