Senate cuts burdensome reporting requirements for schools

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LANSING, Mich. —The state Senate passed legislation Thursday that would greatly reduce red tape for public schools across Michigan.

State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, and other Senate Republicans introduced Senate Bills 754-767 earlier this year, legislation that would end burdensome reporting requirements while eliminating unnecessary and redundant reports for schools.

“By bringing an end to these burdensome, duplicative reporting requirements, we are providing schools with the ability to focus more resources on the classroom and less in the back office,” Sen. Colbeck said. “Eliminating this red tape will allow educators to do what they do best: educate.”

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.

“We have been working for several years with Senator Pavlov and superintendents in the 7th Senate District on this bill package. We are very thankful for the senator’s leadership in pulling together this extensive bill package,” Sen. Colbeck said.

The bills now head to the Michigan House of Representatives for further consideration.

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