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Data Collection Reduction

Act 86 of 2016 directs the State Board of Education to conduct a review of data collection requirements imposed on public school entities in the areas of finance, human resources, food services, transportation, child accounting, athletics, health and special education.  The review must be undertaken in consultation with an Advisory Committee appointed by the Board that includes representatives of the General Assembly; Secretary of Education; school district, charter school and area vocational-technical school business managers; school district, charter school and area vocational-technical school governing board members; and educators.

During the course of the review, Act 86 directs the Advisory Committee to consider whether the data has a valuable purpose to inform policymakers and the public about the operations of public school entities.  In consultation with the Advisory Committee, the Board will identify those data collection requirements that are redundant, overly burdensome or no longer necessary and issue a report of its findings and recommendations on the data identified as such.  Act 86 directs the Department of Education to terminate the collection of data identified as redundant, overly burdensome or no longer necessary in the Board’s report if the data is not required by statute or regulation.

Act 86 of 2016 (PDF)

Ad Hoc Committee on Data Collection Reduction Members

Mr. James Agras
Dr. James Barker
Dr. Pamela Gunter-Smith
Ms. Karen Farmer White, Chair
Mr. Larry Wittig

Data Collection Reduction Advisory Committee Members 

Representative Rosemary Brown
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(Designee for Representative Stan Saylor)
Ms. Danielle Mehalick
Business Manager
Greater Altoona Career & Technical Center
​Mr. Sidney M. Clark
Business Manager
Shanksville-Stoneycreek School District
Mr. Mark B. Miller
School Director
Centennial School District
Senator Andrew Dinniman
Senate of Pennsylvania
(Lisa Felix, Alternate)
Ms. Tammy Miller
Business Manager
Bear Creek Community Charter School

Ms. Sandy Edling
Business Manager
Montgomery County Intermediate Unit #23
Mr. Jose Parrilla
Chief Financial Officer
PA Virtual Charter School

Dr. Jill Hackman
Executive Director
Berks County Intermediate Unit
(Designee for Senator Lloyd Smucker)
Mr. Matthew Przywara
Chief Financial and Operations Officer
School District of Lancaster
Ms. Julie Hartley
President, Board of Directors
Riverview Intermediate Unit #6
Mr. Robert E. Smith
School Director
Allentown Area School District

Dr. Arlene B. Holtz
President, Board of Trustees
Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School
Mr. David Volkman
Executive Deputy Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Education
(Designee for Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera)

Mr. Erick L. Johnston
Director of Business Services
Central Intermediate Unit #10
Mr. Christopher Wakeley
Executive Director
Pennsylvania House Education Committee
(Designee for Representative James Roebuck, Jr.)

Ms. Dolores McCracken
Vice President
Pennsylvania State Education Association
Ms. Marie Zaharick
Business Manager
Dauphin County Technical School