(May 14) Senate Committee hearing on potential changes to PA Right-to-Know Law – Charter schools discussed

The Senate State Government Committee held on May 13 a hearing on Senate Bill 444 (amending the Right-to-Know law).

Among those to testify was Office of the State’s Open Records Executive Director Terry Mutchler, who raised the topic of charter schools, reportedly calling them “the cancer on the good health of the Right to Know Law” due to their track record of ignoring record requests. Ken Kilpatrick, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, told reporters that it was the first time the group has heard of the concerns and that Mutchler “may have been painting with a broad brush.”

Also discussed by a dozen witnesses was SB 444’s inclusion under the Law of the four state-related universities (Lincoln, Temple, University of Pittsburgh, and Pennsylvania State University).

Click on the following links to read the full stories about yesterday’s hearing:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Harrisburg Patriot-News; Philadelphia Inquirer; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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