Foxbright has developed a method to place a Budget Transparency Badge on the upper half of all school and ISD/RESA home pages in order to facilitate compliance with Michigan State requirements. This method has the following advantages:

  • It does not require any home page design modifications
  • Once a website visitor chooses to close the badge it remains closed indefinitely (or until they open it again) so that it does not intrude on the site.
  • It has been reviewed and approved by the Michigan Department of Education

The Michigan Department of Education created incentives for districts complying with certain Best Practices. One of those involved linking to a school dashboard - as described by the following:

"To meet Requirement E - The school board shall agree to provide a link on the district's home page to the url for the MI School Data Portal which will eventually contain the required dashboard indicators pursuant to Section 22f(1)(e)." Guidance on Financial Best Practices as Defined in MCL 388.1618

Installation Instructions

  1. Extract the contents of the zip file to a directory on your web site's server
  2. Edit the file budgetBadge.js and change the values of these variables at the top of the file:
    budgetBadgeDirectory - the absolute path to the directory containing Budget Badge script
    budgetInfoPage - the absolute path of the budget information web page on your site
  3. Open the file test.htm from the budgetBadge directory in your browser. If the budget badge is displayed, continue to step 4, otherwise check previous steps.
  4. Add the following line into the HEAD section of your web site's home page inserting the absolute path to the file budgetBadge.js


Budget Badge - Download November 2017 Version (.zip format)

License Agreement
You may use the Foxbright Budget Badge Script on your website to comply with the State of Michigan's new Budget Transparency Requirements for all school websites.  You may NOT distribute or republish this script, even if you make modifications to it. The script can only be distributed by the author, Foxbright.  The script and HTML code are provided "as is", without warranty of any kind, not even the implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. You agree to bear all risks and liabilities arising from the use of this script. If you cannot agree to any of the above conditions, you may not use this service nor any of the scripts and HTML code.  This code is being provided free of charge, installation and configuration will need to be done by your website provider or webmaster. This code is being provided "as is" without any support included.  

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