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Horn joins efforts to cut red tape at Michigan schools

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn joined 11 Republican lawmakers on Tuesday to introduce a 14-bill package that would benefit Michigan schools by eliminating unnecessary and redundant reporting requirements and streamlining the reporting process.

“These overly burdensome reporting requirements are taking resources away from improving Michigan’s education system,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth, sponsor of Senate Bill 761. “The focus has to be on student achievement. Repealing these unnecessary layers that distract school officials from their primary duties of educating our children is common sense policy.”

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 archaic by the submission date.

Education reporting requirements are not limited to the state’s education code — they litter Michigan law. 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.

“I was happy to join my colleagues in sponsoring part of this reform,” Horn said. “My bill repeals the Education for the Gifted and/or Academically Talented Act, an old, obsolete law that is no longer funded because the commission completed its recommendations over 40 years ago.”

In addition to Horn, the following senators are 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)
  • Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford (SB 762)
  • Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy (SB 755)
  • 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)

SBs 754-767 have been referred to the Senate Education Committee for consideration.