Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: June 9, 2010
Sen. Randy Brogdon
Sen. Brogdon’s Education Transparency
Bill Signed into Law
Citizens will soon know exactly how their tax dollars are being
spent in their local school districts thanks to a bill signed into
law earlier this week. Sen. Randy
Brogdon is author of Senate Bill 1633, which creates the School
District Transparency Act. The bill is an expansion of Brogdon’s
2007 Taxpayer Transparency Act, which created a website to show
taxpayers how the state spends their tax dollars.
“The Taxpayer Transparency Act was a tremendous success and
citizens appreciate having full disclosure of how their tax dollars
are spent. Senate Bill 1633 was the logical next step in my effort
to open up the government process,” said Brogdon, R-Owasso.
“This is the people’s money and we have the right to
see how it’s being spent. By having every dollar accounted
for, I believe we’ll see less and less waste in public school
The bill requires the State Department of Education to maintain
a database on its website by January 30, 2011 of school district
expenditures that the public may download. The database will include
information such as credit card statements and per pupil expenditures
as well as budgeted and audited expenditures for each fiscal year.
The information must be made available within 120 days after school
districts provide it. School districts that maintain websites must
also make such data available on those sites.
“In a time when every school district in our state is struggling
financially, there is no room for waste. Our students need all the
resources they can get, and my bill will ensure that public funds
are used as efficiently as possible,” said Brogdon.
The new law will go into effect November 1, 2010
For more information, contact:
Sen. Brogdon: (405) 521-5566