FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Superintendents praise passage of senate bills to reduce red tape for schools
LANSING—Superintendents from Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties today praised passage of Senate Bills 754-767 which would reduce red tape for schools by eliminating unnecessary and redundant reports and streamlining reporting requirements.
“This legislation means educators can spend more time preparing kids for jobs and a career instead of filing duplicative and obsolete reports,” said Kenneth Gutman, superintendent, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools. “We applaud Sen. Pavlov and his senate colleagues for working with education experts in crafting this thoughtful legislation to reduce red tape for schools.”
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 obsolete by the submission date.
“Eliminating unnecessary and redundant reports will allow schools to spend more time on what’s most important: educating our kids,” said Dr. David M. Richards, superintendent, Fraser Public Schools. “Thanks to the hard work of Sen. Pavlov and the Michigan Senate, this legislation would allow local schools to spend more time helping teachers teach and kids learn.”
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.
“Streamlining the reports required by local schools will free up resources that can go directly to the classroom, while ensuring accountability,” said Russell Pickell, superintendent, Riverview Community Schools. “The reducing red tape bill package will provide decision-makers access to critical information they need without overburdening local schools with duplicative reporting requirements.”
The Tri-County Alliance for Public Education is a coalition of education leaders committed to fighting for strong K-12 schools across Michigan. Comprised of Superintendents from every district in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, they are collectively responsible for educating nearly 600,000 students (approximately 40 percent of the statewide K-12 population).