School districts in Michigan say state should pick up costs of additional data gathering

Oct. 7, 2009
Michigan Supreme Court hears legal challenge

From The Detroit Free Press: A lawyer contends that the state of Michigan must free school districts from rules that force them to spend up to $100 million a year for data collection. Since the new data reporting requirements began in 2000, districts have been forced to collect, enter and transmit 170 million data entries a year, attorney Dennis Pollard argued this week before the state Supreme Court. He asserts that the shift in responsibilities violates the state constitution, which requires the state to reimburse schools and local governments for anything it orders them to do.

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