LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that public school districts cannot be forced to collect data for the Center for Educational Performance and Information unless they are paid for the work, according to an Associated Press report posted at

In a 4-3 decision, the court said that a 2000 executive order and subsequent law was unconstitutional because lawmakers did not arrange for the state to cover costs, AP reported.

The majority ruling said the costs were not minimal, though the three dissenting justices said that the districts did not offer specific proof of actual costs, according to AP. The Michigan Department of Education had no comment, AP reported.

The Associated Press, "Court: Data mandate on Michigan schools is illegal," July 14, 2010

Michigan Education Report, "Data-driven in Michigan," April 21, 2008