This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Pennsylvanians can now check out the broad strokes of their school districts’ finances using a state website.
The Department of Education’s PA School Performance site now displays school districts’ general fund balances, tuition rates paid to charter schools, and average teacher salaries.
State Rep. Jim Christiana, R-Beaver, had proposed legislation to make additional fiscal information available. When his bill didn’t make it to the governor’s desk, the Department of Education posted the fiscal data that it was already collecting from schools. For Christiana, it’s additional sunlight at no additional cost to the state — or burden to the school districts.