Grove Supports School District Transparency Bills
1/14/2014
HARRISBURG – In an effort to give taxpayers and parents as much information as possible about Pennsylvania’s school districts, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) voted in favor of two bills that passed the House this week. Both bills would expand school district fiscal transparency.

Grove is a co-sponsor of House Bill 1411, also known as SchoolWATCH, which would direct the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to create a searchable online database detailing the revenues and expenditures of traditional, charter and cyber school districts across the Commonwealth.

“SchoolWATCH follows the successful model of PennWatch, which was created to allow the citizens of Pennsylvania to see exactly how state agencies use tax dollars,” Grove said. “This level of transparency holds every dollar spent under tighter scrutiny. This same method can be very successful for our school districts, encouraging responsible spending, more checks and balances and greater efficiency.”

Grove is also a co-sponsor of House Bill 1741, which would amend the Public School Code to require school boards to provide no less than 48 hours public notice prior to voting upon any proposed collective bargaining agreement or employment contract.

“Spending decisions made by school boards directly impact the lives of every district taxpayer,” Grove added. “By requiring school districts to provide appropriate public notice of the terms and costs of proposed contracts, this legislation will help deliver transparency and opportunities for fiscal accountability to the community members and taxpayers who are directly responsible for footing the bill.”

House Bills 1741 and 1411 now move to the Senate for further consideration.

For more information on Grove’s legislative goals visit www.repgrove.com or www.Facebook.com/RepSethGrove.

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Mike Straub
717.260.6479
mstraub@pahousegop.com  
RepGrove.com / Facebook.com/RepSethGrove
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