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Somerset Office
301 Georgian Place

Somerset, PA 15501
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (814) 443-4230
Fax: (814) 443-3866

Windber Office
1605 Graham Avenue
Windber, PA 15963
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday
Closed on Wednesday 
Phone: (814) 467-4011

Hyndman Office
158 Washington St.
Hyndman, PA. 15545
Open on Wednesdays only from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
(814) 842-3362
TOLL-FREE: (866) 779-1477
Fax: (814) 842-3367
Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment
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Capitol Office
Room 111 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202069
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2069
(717) 783-8756
Fax: (717) 782-2911

Metzgar Votes For SchoolWATCH Transparency Legislation
1/13/2014
HARRISBURG – In a continuing effort to provide Pennsylvania taxpayers with adequate information on public school funding, Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford) today voted for House Bill 1411 which would create the Public School Web Accountability and Transparency (SchoolWATCH) Act.

“Of the many issues my constituents ask me about -- the funding of and spending by public schools -- is at or many times, near the top of the list,” said Metzgar. “Taxpayers should not have to jump through a series of hoops to get information on school funding and spending, and this bill would open up details on revenues and expenditures by using modern technology and putting it online in an easy-to-use manner. Our residents deserve to have information on the public schools that they pay for; it’s only right.”

Metzgar said the bill will require the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to create a website, similar to the recently created PennWATCH site, which would make available specific information on school funding from the Commonwealth, federal, local and private sources. This would include school budgets, employee compensation and payments to outside entities.

Metzgar added the current Right-to-Know laws are good public policy, but a more modern and more transparent system is needed to open up the school funding and spending process for better public input.

The searchable Internet site would be created by PDE, following recommendations of an advisory committee which will ensure that no added cost burden be placed on local school entities.

The bill passed the House by a vote of 119 to 81 and is now headed to the Senate for consideration.

Representative Carl Walker Metzgar
69th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Raymond Smith
717.705.1834 
rsmith@pahousegop.com 
RepMetzgar.com
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