Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation this week that supporters believe will help get more teachers in classrooms statewide.
- The new law allows retired educators to fill temporary vacancies on a limited basis.
- The retiree would continue to receive their retirement pension and health care benefits as long as they waited six months after retirement or earn less than $15,100 in a calendar year.
- The new law will sunset in five years absent legislative action to extend it further.
State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice praised the new law, “This new law provides needed relief for local school districts that have temporary vacancies and for recent school retirees who still want to help out their districts on a limited basis. If we have experienced educators who still want to help in roles like teachers, substitute teachers, or athletic and academic coaches, there shouldn’t be financial obstacles in their way.”