Governor signs Zorn bill to cut red tape for schools

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday signed legislation to greatly reduce unnecessary state reporting for Michigan public school and administrators, said Sen. Dale Zorn, who sponsored a bill in the package.

“As a small business owner, I understand the frustration of unnecessary paperwork,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Burdensome red tape only causes lost time and money. These new laws will allow more valuable school resources to go into the classroom and enable teachers to focus more time on helping our students learn and succeed.”

Public Acts 532-536 of 2016 eliminate unnecessary and duplicative reports and streamline reporting requirements. Zorn’s measure repealed a provision regarding student personality tests.

Michigan school districts are mandated to prepare and submit hundreds of reports to state and federal entities. Education reporting requirements are sprinkled throughout Michigan law — not just in the state’s education code. The reports can be time-consuming and tedious to produce and are often redundant or even obsolete by the submission date.

“Getting an education is critical for every Michigan child,” Zorn said. “By removing these wasteful and repetitive reports, we are helping schools reduce administrative costs and allowing our teachers to direct more of their energies to teaching our students.”