Pavlov, Senate GOP introduce bills to cut red tape for schools

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Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Phil Pavlov and other Senate Republicans introduced legislation on Tuesday to reduce red tape for schools.

Senate Bills 754-767 would eliminate unnecessary and redundant reports and streamline reporting requirements.

“Reducing red tape and duplicative reporting requirements for schools will mean educators can spend more time focusing on student achievement,” said Senate Education Committee Chairman Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “By making these requirements more sensible and efficient, we’ll direct valuable school resources toward the classroom rather than Lansing.”

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 sprinkled throughout Michigan law — not just in the state’s education code. 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.

Superintendents across the state applauded the legislation.

“This package of bills will empower schools by eliminating barriers to improving student achievement,” said Warren Consolidated Schools Superintendent Robert D. Livernois. “By eliminating unnecessary and redundant reports, local schools can spend more time helping teachers teach and kids learn.”

“Every minute spent by an administrator or staff member on a compliance report takes time and energy away from our goal of preparing every student with a globally competitive education focused on college preparation, workplace success and lifelong learning,” said Oakridge Public Schools Superintendent Tom Livezey. “This legislative package allows us to focus more time and resources on accomplishing that mission.”

The following senators are the 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)
•    Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford (SB 762)
•    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)

The bills are expected to be referred to the Senate Education Committee.