Substitute teachers in Michigan would need just two years of college credits
instead of three under a proposal aimed at easing a statewide shortage of
substitutes. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Jud Gilbert, R-Algonac, said it would give
more options to districts when they need substitutes.
HB 4541, approved in March by the House Education Committee, would allow
substitutes to teach with just 60 college credits instead of 90.
Lawmakers have relaxed standards for substitutes before. The state formerly
required a four-year degree, including six credits in professional education, to
fill in for certified teachers. That was dropped to 90 credits, and the
professional education requirement was also dropped.
Expanding the pool of teachers
House Bill 5768, introduced in February by Charles LaSata, R-St. Joseph, would
encourage urban school districts to create programs that would grant one-year
temporary teaching credentials to unemployed workers who have a bachelor's
degree, are enrolled in a teacher certification program, have done student
teaching, and teach in critical shortage areas such as early childhood, early
elementary, or bilingual education, or secondary math and science.
The legislation could help alleviate a looming teacher shortage. An estimated
2.2 million new teachers will be needed nationwide to replace retiring teachers
Revisions to Detroit reform board
House Bill 5791, introduced in March by Keith Stallworth, D-Detroit, would
revise the composition of the state-mandated Detroit reform school board to
include the state Treasurer, four members appointed by the mayor, and four
at-large members elected by district voters. The current composition includes
six members appointed by the mayor and the state superintendent of public
instruction. The revised board would take control of the district on Jan. 1,
The same bill also would require each school in the Detroit district to have
a site-based management team composed of the principal, two parents, two
teachers, one counselor, one school department head, the school facility
manager, and the school business manager. The site team would manage the budget
and operations of the individual school.
The bill was referred to the Committee on Education in March.
Tax credits for education expenses
House Bill 5870, introduced in April by Jerry Vander Roest, R-Galesburg, would
allow Michigan citizens to deduct from their state income taxes an amount equal
to the education expenses paid for a student or students attending a non-public
school, including expenses for transportation, books, and supplies, but
excluding any amount paid for religious instruction.
The bill was referred to the Committee on Tax Policy.
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