The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) recently presented Senator Michele Brooks (R- Crawford, Erie (part), Mercer and Warren (part)) with a Champion of Public Education award.
The PSBA Champion of Public Education award recognizes lawmakers for their outstanding support of traditional public schools during a two-year legislative session. This support is measured by the legislator’s voting record, bills introduced, attendance and involvement at their local districts, and efforts to work with PSBA to support public schools.
“Senator Brooks understands the complex administrative issues that impact school district operations across the state such as the time and resources that are required to be spent in responding to Right-to-Know requests made for commercial purposes,” said PSBA CEO Nathan Mains.
As stated by Sen. Brooks, Senate Bill 312 would amend the Right-to-Know law to allow school districts and other local governments to charge a nominal fee in order to cover the time, work and other taxpayer resources that go into responding to requests for records made by individuals or entities that plan on using the information for a commercial purpose such as soliciting for new customers or reselling the information obtained.
The purpose of the Right-to-Know law is to ensure that citizens have access to information about how their government functions. However, individuals and entities have been able to use the law to obtain information from local governments at taxpayer expense and not in the interest of transparency, but rather in an effort to generate revenue.
PSBA thanks Senator Michele Brooks for her commitment to promoting exceptional public education and alleviating unnecessary burdens on the commonwealth’s public schools.