Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Meyer bill to boost school savings sent to governor

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – A bipartisan bill by Rep. Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 11), that saves school districts money by allowing them to efficiently and cheaply store public records was sent to the governor Tuesday night.

“This is a balanced, responsible solution for schools that makes schools more efficient and effective,” Meyer said. “It will save school districts thousands of dollars each year.”

State law requires school districts to store public records on microfilm, which costs schools thousands of dollars each year.

Meyer’s bill, HB 2670, which was amended onto SB 1263, instead allows school districts to store public records on either paper or in electronic format, or a combination of both. The records each district must maintain include transcripts and immunization records.

“Quality education is both a moral and economic issue, key to both our state’s economic recovery and children’s future,” Meyer said. “It is critical we invest in Arizona's children to ensure our schools receive proper funding. I believe in a government that is honest and effective, but the current record-keeping system in Arizona is wasteful and burdensome. It’s time that taxpayers’ dollars are spent in the classroom.”

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