Bills introduced to cut red tape at Michigan schools

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LANSING, Mich. — Legislation introduced at a press conference on Tuesday would help Michigan schools by eliminating unnecessary and redundant reporting requirements and by streamlining the reporting process.

“We focus a lot of attention and effort toward improving Michigan’s education system,” said Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, who sponsored Senate Bill 762 in the 14-bill package. “A key part of those efforts has been to make sure more resources reach the classroom for student instruction. Unfortunately, outdated and burdensome reporting requirements are holding our schools back by distracting school officials from their primary duties of educating our children. These common sense bills will help update the reporting process to make it more efficient and less time consuming so educators can focus more on student achievement.”

Michigan school districts are mandated to prepare and submit hundreds of reports to state and federal entities. These reports can be time-consuming and tedious to produce and are often redundant or even obsolete by the submission date.

Education reporting requirements are not limited to the state’s education code — they litter Michigan law. Unfortunately, there is no published comprehensive index to easily locate all mandated reports. These reports are costly, often taking a great deal of staff time and resources.

In addition to MacGregor, the following senators are sponsors of the bills in the legislative package:

  • Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township (SB 754)
  • Darwin Booher, R-Evart (SBs 756-757)
  • Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton (SB 758)
  • Goeff Hansen, R-Hart (SB 766)
  • Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth (SB 761)
  • Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy (SB 755)
  • Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage (SB 767)
  • Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City (SB 763)
  • Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake (SB 764)
  • Jim Stamas, R-Midland (SBs 759-760)
  • Dale Zorn, R-Ida (SB 765)

SBs 754-767 are expected to be referred to the Senate Education Committee for consideration.