Trustees say reporting mandate should stop

DOLLAR BAY, Mich. — School board members in Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools say the state isn’t adhering to a court ruling that says school districts can’t be forced to submit reports to the state unless the district is paid for the work involved, according to The (Houghton) Daily Mining Gazette.

Superintendent Jan Quarless told the board that the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the state cannot require school districts to submit an increasing number of reports related to school operations without funding the cost of compiling the reports, The Gazette reported. 

Mike Flanagan, state superintendent of public instruction, has written to school districts telling them to continue writing the reports, Quarless said, according to The Gazette.

The board voted unanimously to express their concern in a letter to state legislators, The Gazette reported.

The court case was Adair v. the State of Michigan.

The (Houghton) Daily Mining Gazette, “Board members discuss unfunded mandates,” Nov. 23, 2010

Michigan Education Digest, “Court: School data law violates Constitution,” July 16, 2010