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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 26, 2015 11:36 AM
From: Representative Rosemary M. Brown
To: All House members
Subject: Public School Data Collection Reduction (prior HB1876)
 
I am preparing to introduce legislation that will require the Department of Education (PDE) to identify and suspend all unnecessary reporting mandates on public schools.

The Public School Code of 1949 (School Code) requires public schools, including school districts, charter schools and area vocational-technical (vo-tech) schools, to make frequent reports to PDE. However, many of these reports are not used by PDE, are duplicative of other reports, or are otherwise unnecessary. My bill will require PDE, in consultation with an advisory committee comprised of public school business managers, the chairmen and minority chairmen of the House and Senate Education Committees and citizens of this Commonwealth, to identify public school reporting obligations that are no longer necessary in the areas of finance, human resources, food services, transportation, child accounting, athletics, health and special education and publish a list of such unnecessary reporting requirements in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Further, my proposal will require PDE to suspend all such unnecessary reporting requirements. My legislation will also prohibit PDE from resuming the collection of any data subject to a reporting obligation that has been eliminated under my bill.

The reporting obligations contained in the School Code consume valuable staff time and resources of our public schools. My bill will free public schools of those reporting requirements that are unnecessary or duplicative, allowing public schools to devote more resources to their primary mission: educating and serving our children.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Tiffany Whittaker at (717) 260-6171 or via email at twhittak@pahousegop.com. Thank you for your consideration.



Introduced as HB1112