Georgia lawmakers are sending a bill to Gov. Nathan Deal that mandates disclosure of each public school’s spending on items such as salaries and maintenance.
House Bill 139 requires the Georgia Department of Education to collect the information and publish it on its website. The data must include a per pupil spending figure for each school, which would allow for school-by-school comparison.
Last year, a similar financial transparency bill by the same chief author, Rep. Dave Belton, R-Buckhead, was vetoed by Deal but not because of the disclosure mandate. Deal said at the time that he did not like an unrelated amendment that, like HB 148, was added as an amendment.