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The Ethics Act: Obligations, incompatible offices and conflicts of interest
It is extremely important that school board members and school administrators be aware of and comply with the conflict of interest restrictions and financial interest reporting requirements of Pennsylvania’s Public Official and Employee Ethics Act.  The central thrust of the Ethics Act is that public officials and public employees are prohibited from using their positions in ways that could result in financial benefit to themselves or their immediate families.  Violations of the Act’s requirements can result in fines, criminal prosecution and ineligibility to hold public office.

Resources and related information

These resources provide critical guidance to help school directors and administrators understand their Ethics Act obligations and avoid violations. PSBA strongly recommends that board members and administrators review these resources periodically, and when in doubt about a matter that might constitute a conflict of interest, get advice from the solicitor or Ethics Commission before voting on or otherwise furthering it.

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Ethics Commission Resources