Sen. Colbeck, Senate GOP introduce bills to end burdensome reporting requirements for schools

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LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, and other Senate Republicans introduced legislation on Tuesday to end burdensome reporting requirements for schools.

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

“By bringing an end to these burdensome, duplicative reporting requirements, educators can focus more resources on the classroom and less in the back office,” said Colbeck. “We’ve been working on this set of bills for quite a while and believe that we now have a better grasp of what reports can be eliminated without impacting the delivery of education in our state. This was all made possible under the leadership of Senator Pavlov.”

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.

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 have been referred to the Senate Education Committee.

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