Introduction to the Right to Know Law and Open Records
On January 1, 2009, the Right to Know Law (also known as the Open Records amendment to the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law, or Act 3) took effect at all local and state agencies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including school districts. The Right to Know Law requires government agencies in Pennsylvania, including ASPIRA Schools, to provide access to and copies of public records to the public.
The Right to Know Law expands the definition of “public record” in favor of public access by presuming that all records held by state and local agencies are public, that all legislative records of the General Assembly are public, and that all financial records of Pennsylvania’s court system are public. The Right to Know Law contains 30 categories of records that are exempt from disclosure under the Law, including records that, if disclosed, would threaten homeland security or a person’s personal security, criminal investigative records, medical records, and certain personnel records.
Download the Right to Know Request Form for ASPIRA via the link at the bottom of this page.
For more information on Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law, visit the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records website at openrecords.pa.gov
PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE OF OPEN RECORDS
- Attn: Erik Armeson, Executive Director
- Office of Open Records
- Commonwealth Keystone Building
- 400 North Street, 4th Floor
- Harrisburg, PA 17120
- [email protected]