Michigan bill allows retired educators to return to classroom while receiving pension
LANSING, Mich. — In an effort to further combat the state’s ongoing teacher shortage, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation that allows retired educators to come back to school Tuesday.
Through House Bill 4752, retired teachers and school employees are allowed to return to work while receiving their earned retirement benefits, according to the Governor’s office.
“Michigan teachers and public school employees step up every day to help students succeed in communities across Michigan,” Gov. Whitmer said. “I am proud to sign legislation making it easier for retired teachers and public school employees to get back in the classroom and continue making a difference for our kids while earning the pensions they deserve.”
Along with House Bill 4752, Gov. Whitmer included millions in funding for students, educators and schools within the state’s budget.
This includes the following:
$370 million to support teachers, including continued support for the MI Future Educator Program (which provides a tuition free path for college students to become certified teachers) and funds to retain and develop existing teachers through mentorship programs.$76 million to expand ‘grow your own’ programs, helping districts train staff for classroom roles.$50 million to strengthen teacher mentoring programs.$30 million to recruit, train, and retain early educators, additional $15 million specifically forrural areas.
“The signing of this legislation into law is fantastic news for all of Michigan’s public school retirees, families, and ultimately our students,” State Representative Matt Koleszar (D-Plymouth), who sponsored the bill, said. “Now, those with the most experience can re-enter our schools in a variety of capacities to help address staffing shortages. This is a big win for everyone.”