Requires school districts, outside of any city having a population of 1,000,000 or more, to make their budgets and an itemized summary of expenditures and revenue available in printed form and on the internet if such a website is operated by the school district.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, to require school districts to make an itemized summary of their budgets, expenditures and revenue available to the public
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL: To require school districts to make their budgets and an itemized summary of expenditures and revenue available in printed form and on the internet.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1501-d of the education law is amended to require every school district to compile, publish, update in a timely manner and make available to the public the school district budget and an itemized summary of all expenditures of and revenue received by such district, making such information available in printed form and on a school district internet website.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill recognizes a growing public concern regarding accountability in the wake of recent scandals involving school district finances. By making budgetary information available for scrutiny, this bill aims to help restore the confidence of the public in fiscal management of our school systems.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2005-06 A10229 referred to education 2007-08 A.1031B referred to ways and means 2009-10 A2149 referred to education 2011-12 A3874 education
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4847 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 26, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LATIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, to require school districts to make an itemized summary of their budgets, expenditures and revenue avail- able to the public THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 1501-d to read as follows: S 1501-D. AVAILABILITY OF BUDGET, EXPENDITURE AND REVENUE INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC. EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT, EXCEPT A CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN A CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE, SHALL COMPILE, PUBLISH, UPDATE IN A TIMELY MANNER AND MAKE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET, AND AN ITEMIZED SUMMARY OF ALL EXPENDITURES OF AND REVENUE RECEIVED BY SUCH DISTRICT. SUCH INFORMATION SHALL BE MADE AVAIL- ABLE IN PRINTED FORM AND ON THE SCHOOL DISTRICT INTERNET WEBSITE, IF SUCH A WEBSITE IS OPERATED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE COMMISSIONER IS AUTHORIZED TO PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS AS SHALL BE NECES- SARY TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law, provided that effective immediately any rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be completed on or before such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07541-01-3