DeLuca to introduce bill requiring transparency in school personnel separation agreements

HARRISBURG, April 24 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced that he will introduce legislation in the near future that would require transparency in all school district personnel separation and settlement agreements.

“School districts pay their employees with public tax dollars, and Pennsylvania taxpayers have the right to know how their money is being spent,” DeLuca said. “Just as elected officials should be held accountable and remain transparent with their finances and other benefits, so should school districts. Both need to be good stewards of the public funds.”

DeLuca’s proposal would prohibit school districts—unless otherwise ordered by a court—from entering into agreements that contain confidentiality clauses barring disclosure of the terms reached with departing staff. He said the measure is needed to ensure continued trust and confidence in the state’s public officials.

“Too often these agreements are conditioned on the terms being kept from the public,” DeLuca said. “Making deals that are closed off from public scrutiny creates doubt as to what is being done. The bill I’m planning to introduce would mandate that school personnel actions be made in the light of day, not in secret. I’m urging my colleagues to join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.”