Pa. lawmakers consider more scrutiny for colleges

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Monday, November 11, 2013

The Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal has rekindled debate about whether the state Right-to-Know Law should apply to Penn State and other universities that receive some state funding.

The law applies to all community colleges and the 14 state-owned schools, such as Kutztown University, in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

In the spring, a House committee voted to expand the law to include the four so-called state-related universities - Penn State, Pittsburgh, Temple and Lincoln.

A state Senate panel held a hearing Oct. 21 to gather testimony on the issue.

Terry Mutchler, executive director of the state Open Records Office, said she believes state-related schools should be accountable to taxpayers. Those four universities receive hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding annually.

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