Legislators in Michigan are advancing bills that would make it easier for retired teachers to return to the classroom, as the state faces a continuing shortage of substitute teachers.
On Tuesday, a House panel voted unanimously to recommend passage of a bill allowing retired educators to go back to work after 12 months without losing any retirement benefits. The Senate Education Committee has also advanced a bill of their own, and both bills are expected to move to the the full chambers this week.
Current law states that retirees have to wait a full year before returning to work, and forfeit pensions and health benefits for each month that their pay exceeds a third of their former compensation.
Bridge Michigan reports that Michigan’s Office of Retirement Services is supporting both bills.