Check out the accompanying GitHub repo for this article here.
Technically, the School District of Philadelphia's budget data for the 2019 fiscal year is "open". It is, after all, made available through the district's Open Data portal and is freely available to download.
But just because data is freely available, doesn't mean it's easy to work with. That's what found out when I downloaded the zipped folder, opened it up, and found a heap of PDFs. Joy.
As a member of Code for Philly, I thought of my compatriots who might want to use school district data in their projects.