Zorn, Senate Republicans seek to cut red tape for schools

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn introduced legislation as part of a package of bills on Tuesday to reduce red tape for Michigan schools.

“By cutting unnecessary reports, this legislative package would enable Michigan schools to focus more time and resources into educating our children,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “While information is important to keeping our schools accountable in how they prepare our students for success, these reforms are about cutting burdensome reports that waste valuable time and money and are either unnecessary or outdated.”

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

Under current law, intermediate school districts that run career and technical education programs are required to collect program information data and submit it to the state. Zorn’s bill, SB 765, would clarify that only information not already available to the state in other reports would have to be submitted.

Michigan school districts prepare and submit hundreds of reports to state and federal entities. The reports can be time-consuming and tedious to produce, are often redundant or even obsolete by the submission date and there is no published comprehensive index to easily locate all mandated reports.

Other sponsors of the 14-bill package include Sens. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township; Darwin Booher, R-Evart; Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton; Goeff Hansen, R-Hart; Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth; Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy; Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford; Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage; Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City; Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake; and Jim Stamas, R-Midland.

The bills have been referred to the Senate Education Committee for consideration.