Bizon cosponsors measure to allow experienced teachers to return to the classroom

first_img Categories: Bizon News 29Jan Bizon co-sponsors measure to allow experienced teachers to return to the classroom A measure co-sponsored by state Rep. John Bizon would eliminate the sunset on a 2012 law and allow retired teachers and school employees to re-enter the work force to fill critical vacancies in Michigan schools.“A strong education is of vital importance for future generations in Michigan, and we need to make sure schools have the necessary resources available to provide the best education for our children,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “There are critical and specialized vacancies these retired teachers can fill so that our schools can offer the best environment possible for students to learn and grow.”The bill, House Bill 4059, eliminates a July 1, 2014 sunset on Public Act 464 of 2012, which gives the state superintendent the ability to determine critical teacher shortages in Michigan school districts and allows the districts to fill the vacancies with qualified personnel. Many of the shortages are in areas requiring specialized training, such as speech pathologists and special education staff.“Our students deserve the best education we can provide,” Bizon said. “Giving local school districts the ability to easily remedy staffing shortages will help Michigan children have a brighter future.”The legislation retains existing safeguards for the current law to prevent educators from earning full pay while receiving their retirement pension.###last_img

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