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Friday, February 6, 2015

Increasing Transparency and Accountability in Pennsylvania Public Schools on House Agenda


The House returns to session on Monday, Feb. 9. Live web streams of House session and the majority of committee meetings are available at PAHouseGOP.com.  Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting Facebook.com/PAHouseGOP. 


On the agenda this week is legislation to establish a searchable database detailing the revenues and expenditures of Pennsylvania school districts. 

House Bill 224 (Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver County), which passed the House last session by a vote of 119-81, will codify the new Department of Education (PDE) database for school districts known as SchoolWATCH. PDE based its development of the database on the House legislation.

Modeled after the successful PennWATCH Act, which established a searchable database providing detailed information concerning the budgets and expenditures of state agencies, the SchoolWATCH database will provide taxpayers with thorough information concerning the amount of funding received by school districts from federal, state, local and private sources, payments to outside entities, and employee compensation. Records that are not subject to disclosure under the Right-to-Know Law will not be included on the website.  School districts failing to report information to PDE as required under the bill will be subject to withholding of state appropriations.

Under SchoolWATCH, implementation of the website and reporting requirements for school districts would be phased in over time to prevent additional cost and administrative burden to school districts. The bill also uses existing public school reports where possible to avoid duplicative reporting.


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Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below.  More information regarding these bills can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.


2 comments :

Anonymous said...

maybe the same policy should be applied to the state police. just a thought

Anonymous said...

This is a just another(It's the thought that counts) move because the people on our local council and school board will continue with the crooked deals and cover their as$'s just as they have always done!