Senate committee approves Pavlov-led bills to cut red tape for schools

Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation that would greatly reduce red tape for Michigan public schools passed out of the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.

Sen. Phil Pavlov and other Senate Republicans sponsored Senate Bills 754-767 to eliminate unnecessary and redundant reports and streamline reporting requirements. The bills have been widely praised by statewide education leaders as helping schools redirect their attention to the important task of educating students.

“Schools should be focused on student achievement, not bureaucratic paperwork for Lansing,” said Senate Education Committee Chairman Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “This legislation removes red tape barriers and empowers schools to spend their time and resources on teaching students.”

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 bills now head to the full Senate for further consideration.