House Dems Proposes Bills To Address Michigan Teacher Shortage
LANSING, Michigan (WILX) – Michigan House Democrats have introduced a package of bills designed to address the state’s current teacher shortage.
State Representative Darrin Camilleri and thirteen other Democratic House representatives on Wednesday introduced a package of bills that would improve teacher benefits, training and more. The legislation is called the Respecting Educators Package, and it includes nearly 20 bills that cover a range of teacher issues, from improving teachers’ health benefits to creating new pipelines for school teachers. public.
“We’re just saying how important teachers are, but the point is that for decades now we’ve failed to deliver the kind of perks and rewards that will get and keep great teachers on. the field, ”said Camilleri, himself a former teacher. “There was a time when Michigan was the envy of the world in terms of education and teacher benefits, and we need to create tangible incentives to restore that status. When we do this, we can effectively address the teacher shortage in our state by attracting and retaining high quality educators for our children, and we can dramatically improve student outcomes in the process.
A representative for Lansing, Sarah Anthony, also has an invoice in the package. His bill would create a statewide cadet teacher program, designed to create opportunities for students who wish to become teachers to learn more about the profession.
“Hands-on experience is often one of the best ways to learn more about a profession and determine if it’s right for you,” Anthony said. “Michigan has technical career programs for high school students to explore all kinds of industries and professions. It is high time to add teacher certification to this list.
A list of bills and their sponsors is included below:
- House Bill 4574: Amendments to the Third Grade Reading Act. Allows teachers to use discretion when deciding whether or not to retain a student who does not read at grade 3 grade, sponsored by the state representative. Nate shannon (Surling Heights).
- Bill 5101: Changes to early literacy screening. Modifies requirements for early literacy screening to allow professional judgment of teachers, sponsored by State Rep. Cara A. Clemente (Lincoln Park).
- House Bills 5104 and 5105: Removed student growth component from teacher assessments. Changes teacher assessments to a non-punitive 2-tier system not based on student growth, sponsored by state representative. Lori stone (Warren) and an accompanying bill that makes technical changes, sponsored by State Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (Livonia).
- Bill 5102: Local Teacher Supply Reimbursement Act. Allows funds to be allocated to specific schools from taxes to reimburse personal expenses of state-certified teachers sponsored by the state representative. Abraham Aiyash (Hamtramck).
- House Bill 5103: Make refunds of teacher supplies tax exempt. Amends the Income Tax Act to allow an above-the-line adjusted gross income deduction for contributions to the Local Teacher Supply Reimbursement Program Act, sponsored by Witwer.
- House Bill 5106: Improving the provision of health care for teachers. Amends the law on the contribution to publicly funded health insurance to require schools to offer a 90/10 split and require schools to be capped until the cost is 10% above the cap , sponsored by the State representative Husband Manoogian (Birmingham).
- House Bill 5107: Statewide Model Cadet Teacher Program. Creates a technical teacher preparation career program that enables high school students to work towards meeting teacher certification requirements through courses and experiential learning sponsored by Anthony.
- Internal Bills 4368 and 4369: Paraprofessional-teacher pipeline. Creates a tuition-free path for paraprofessionals to obtain their teacher certification and an associated fund for this program, sponsored by state officials. Kevin Hertel (Rive St. Clair) and Matt Koleszar (Plymouth), respectively.
- House Bill 5108: Individualized Professional Development Plans. Requires school improvement plans to include individualized professional development plans for teachers, sponsored by Hope.
- House Bill 5111: Lowering the teacher / student ratio. Creates a categorical category of $ 25 per student for districts that lower their teacher-student ratio compared to the previous year, primarily for districts with the highest ratios, sponsored by the state representative. Helene scott (Detroit).
- Bill 5110: subsidization of teacher certification fees. Requires the state to pay teacher certification and recertification fees, sponsored by the state representative. Christine morse (Texas Township).
- Bill 5109: equitable remuneration for educators. Creates a three-tier bonus system for best practices ($ 20, $ 30 and $ 35 per student) depending on whether teachers receive 95%, 100% or 110% of the average salary of people with similar training in their area , sponsored by the representative of the State. Kelly breen (Novi).
- Bill 5099: Teacher Student Loan Waiver Program. Creates a student loan forgiveness program for eligible public school teachers that covers up to $ 300 per month in student loan payments as long as the recipient continues to actively teach in the field, sponsored by Camilleri.
- Bill 5100: Tax exemption for teacher student loan forgiveness. Changes the tax code to make the student loan payment tax exempt, sponsored by the state representative. Brenda Carter (Pontiac).
- House Bill 5112: Classroom Management Training for Teachers. Requires teacher preparation programs to include a course in classroom management, sponsored by Stone.
- House Bill 5113: Classroom Management Training for Substitutes. Requires substitute teachers to have six hours or one day of professional development that includes classroom management training if they do not hold a teaching certificate, sponsored by the state representative Regina Weiss (Parc des Chênes).
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