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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: November 4, 2021 10:29 AM
From: Representative Tracy Pennycuick
To: All House members
Subject: Public School Financial Transparency
 



Our public schools are collectively spending billions of taxpayer dollars each year, and taxpayers in Pennsylvania deserve user-friendly access to the financial information concerning our public school system

In the near future, I will introduce legislation to modernize data reporting and increase the transparency of Pennsylvania’s taxpayer-funded public schools.
 
While the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has taken steps to add public school fiscal information to the School Performance Profiles of school districts, charter and cyber charter schools, and area vocational-technical schools, it is not available in a centralized location with a user-friendly format. 

My bill would establish a searchable database providing detailed information such as receipts and expenses of school districts, charter and cyber charter schools, and area vocational-technical schools. It will not result in any new reporting requirements or costs to public schools.

With more eyes on where taxpayer dollars are being spent, we can increase the chances of fiscally responsible decision making in school budgets and ensure the highest level of transparency for our hard-working taxpayers.
 
Please join me in supporting increased fiscal responsibility and transparency in our public school system.
 



Introduced as HB2362