Hughes to intro bill allowing experienced teachers to return to classrooms

first_img22Jan Hughes to intro bill allowing experienced teachers to return to classrooms Categories: Hughes News Legislation removes sunset on 2012 lawState Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, will introduce legislation next week that would eliminate the sunset provision on Public Act 464 of 2012, permitting retired teachers and school employees to re-enter the work force to fill critical, specialized vacancies in Michigan schools.“Our children’s education is paramount in any day and age,” Hughes said. “Especially in situations where our communities don’t have enough educators to go around, we simply must allow qualified, experienced teachers to return to the work force so our children have better opportunities to learn and succeed in school.”House Bill 4059 eliminates the July 1, 2014, sunset that was in Hughes’ original 2012 legislation, giving the state school superintendent the ability to determine critical teacher shortages in districts across Michigan and filling the vacancies with qualified personnel. In many situations, the shortages are in crucial positions that require educators with particular training, such as speech pathologists and special education staff.Hughes met with Muskegon County superintendents last week, where this issue was once again raised. The superintendents expressed interest in the legislation’s introduction, as they said varying departments still experience shortages of qualified teachers.Muskegon Intermediate School District (ISD) Superintendent John Severson praised Hughes’ work on the issue.“As an ISD superintendent, I recognize the importance of this legislation, for the fact that there are positions that we cannot fill and that are vitally important to the delivery of services for our students,” Severson said. “Furthermore, schools that hire such staff will be required to pay for both retirement and pension benefits, therefore, causing no harm to the retirement system.”Hughes legislation retains the existing law’s safeguard that prevents educators from earning full pay while still receiving their retirement pension to eliminate fraudulent “double dipping.”“Michigan students deserve to receive the best education we can give them,” Hughes said. “These vacancy situations are ones we can easily remedy, so let’s get these teachers and staff back into the classrooms with our children.”last_img read more