Pavlov and Price challenge legislators to read to 1,000 students

Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. — A challenge is being issued to the state Legislature membership as state Sen. Phil Pavlov and Rep. Amanda Price are asking colleagues to honor “March Is Reading Month” by reading to at least 1,000 students each.

Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, exceeded that goal in 2015 by reading in front of 1,150 students.

“Reading opens up new worlds for children and adults. It teaches us to question and imagine in ways we have never done before,” Pavlov said. “A lifelong love of reading is essential for a balanced and successful life, and fostering this love in students at a young age leads to greater achievements at all levels of their education.”

Price, R-Park Township, also made reading an emphasis in 2015 by reading before 1,307 students.

“Reading is the foundation of education,” Price said. “It’s an ability that can be enjoyed in the classroom and at home. I hope my fellow legislators will join in sharing their time with our youngest residents to help foster their own education and love of reading.”

About one in six children who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade do not graduate from high school on time, a rate four times greater than that for proficient readers, emphasized Pavlov.

“I’m not sure it’s possible to overstate the importance of developing good reading skills,” Pavlov said. “I applaud teachers, parents and young readers throughout Michigan for their work this month and encourage all of us always to become more active readers”

Educators who would like to schedule a time for Pavlov. Price to read to students can call toll free at (866) 305-2125 or by email at SenPPavlov@senate.mi.gov. Price’s office can be reached toll free at (888) 238-1008 or via email at AmandaPrice@house.mi.gov.

Note: A public service announcement from Pavlov on March is Reading Month is available for broadcast from this website. Click on Video under the Media Center tab, above.

PHOTO ADVISORY: Pavlov speaks at press conference announcing bills to cut red tape for schools

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, addresses the media and education leaders at a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday introducing legislation to reduce red tape for schools. Also speaking in support of the bills were Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Superintendent Kenneth Gutman (left), Oakridge Public Schools Superintendent Tom Livezey (second from right), and Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart.

Note: For a print-quality version of this and other Pavlov photos, click the image or click Photowire under the Media Center tab, above.

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

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.

Lawmakers, school leaders to discuss new legislation to end burdensome reporting requirements

Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

What:
A press conference introducing Senate Bills 754 – 767, which would reduce and in some cases eliminate obsolete and cumbersome educational reporting requirements.

Who:
Senate Education Committee Chairman Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, 25th District
Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, 35th District
Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, 7th District
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, 34th District
Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, 32nd District
Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, 13th District
Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, 28th District
Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, 20th District
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, 37th District
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, 16th District
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, 36th District
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, 17th District
Members of the Tri-County Education Alliance
Members of the West Michigan Talent Triangle
Members of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies

When:
Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 9:15 a.m.

Where:
Michigan State Capitol
Rooms 402/403
Lansing, MI 48933

Brief:
State law contains numerous provisions that are obsolete, excessively cumbersome, or require duplicate reporting by school districts to different state agencies. The goal of this package of bills is to reduce reporting requirements so districts can spend more time on activities that directly impact students and their academic performance.

For more information, contact Pavlov’s office at 1-517-373-7708.