Tom’s vote: YES
HB 659 requires school systems to make financial information – other than that made specifically confidential by law – available for public access to promote greater transparency in the public school system. Each school and district would send budget information to the Department of Education using uniform reporting standards. This information would then be compiled by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and published on its website. As the General Assembly continues to invest in K-12 education, HB 659 seeks to establish a degree accountability for how local system use this new funding.