Georgia General Assembly Passes Fiscal Transparency in Education
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Georgia General Assembly late last night passed HB 659, sponsored by Representative Dave Belton. This bill provides greater transparency on local school and district spending to the public.
“We commend the General Assembly for supporting transparency and accountability in schools,” said ExcelinEd in Action National Legislative Director J. Alex Kelly. “This bill would provide parents, communities and schools with clear information about school and student funding with the goal of identifying ways to deliver better results for students.”
ExcelinEd in Action thanks StudentsFirst Georgia and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce for their work to support this legislation.
The bill will move to Governor Nathan Deal for signature.
Background on HB 659:
- The bill requires local public schools and school districts, including charter schools, to publish how much they spend per student, and how they spend it.
- They can then compare themselves to similar districts and schools and identify best practices.
- Financial transparency gives teachers and administrators the information they need to better serve their students.
- Policymakers, parents and the public will also be able to track whether money is being used efficiently and effectively.