Michigan is facing a shortage of teachers, and in order to keep schools up and running, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed into law a bill that will allow any school employee — secretary, bus driver, janitor — with a high school diploma to step in and substitute teach.
Whitmer signs bill letting schools use secretaries, parapros & other staff not certified as teachers to work as substitute teachers this school year – addressing shortage blamed on pandemic. It had passed Legislature largely on party lines, with Rs in support & Ds opposed #mileg
— David Eggert (@DavidEggert00) December 27, 2021
This sounds like something Democrats would support if not for the unions.
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) December 28, 2021
The Daily Wire reports:
Michigan House Bill 4294 “will temporarily allow schools to employ an individual without certification who already works at the school to substitute teach through the end of the 2021-2022 school year,” the governor’s office said in a press release Monday announcing the signing. That includes school staff such as secretaries, office staff, teacher’s aides, library aides, and even cafeteria workers and bus drivers, as long as they have a high school diploma or GED, FOX 2 Detroit reported.
Fox News has reported that “schools in five states have canceled classes because of short-staffing, with many schools across the U.S. canceling classes on Fridays. As Twitchy reported, Detroit public schools reverted to remote learning on Fridays this December allegedly “to address COVID spread, cleaning, and mental health.”
I remember when teachers were "essential"
— 𝔇𝔞𝔫𝔞 (Fairy Dogmother 🧚♀️🐩🐾) (@daelmor) December 28, 2021
I’d like a refund on taxes paid then.
— FulArmr (@jb77511024) December 28, 2021
Class today’s lesson … Study hall 101, do as you please, we are no longer teaching you anything
— Keith (@MuscMaker) December 28, 2021
In Oregon, enough teachers quit due to Brown's mandates that Portland had to go to a 4 day school week. On top of that, they couldn't even find enough to subs to fill, so all you need to have to be a teacher in Portland is a high school diploma. This speaks VOLUMES of the left.
— lib troller (@troller_lib) December 28, 2021
Wow. Bus drivers can now teach your math class.
What? The groundskeepers are not available?
Good use of your tax dollars. Genius governing.
— Guy Dari (@DrGuyDari) December 28, 2021
— DuplicityOne (@DuplicityOne) December 28, 2021
The bus drivers will be better teachers than the teachers and admins
— Guido Toledo🏴☠️ (@RecordsDept) December 28, 2021
I mean, why not? Just follow the CRT playbook for a day or two
— AnnoyedPatriot (@ProwlerPatriot) December 28, 2021
Homeschool your children
— Deep In The Heart Of Texas(BettyGentry) (@BettyGentry47) December 28, 2021
I was a substitute before I pulled my kids to homeschool. I think this a bad decision. Basically putting just anyone with children who quite literally will have little to no education. That is not ok.
— Classy Traveler (@classytraveler1) December 28, 2021
— RealKrisKo (@RealKrisKo) December 28, 2021
So parents have zero say in their kids schooling because they aren’t teachers, but a bus driver can? These people will literally let anyone and everyone near your kids but you.
— Person (@waitwhat_2000) December 28, 2021
Why don’t they put their money where their mouth is and hire homeless people to sub? Gives them a job and solves homeless problem 🤷🏼♀️
Give the virtue signaling Dems what they want!
— Believe Mothers (@Believe_Mothers) December 28, 2021
But, but, I was told being a teacher requires a special education and training and insight. How is a bus driver supposed to perform such a specialized function?!
Answer: being a teacher doesn't require any of the above.
— John Galt (@J0hn_Galt4891) December 28, 2021
“Allowing schools to employ school staff that students know as substitute teachers will help keep school doors open and students learning in the classroom the rest of the school year,” Whitmer said in a press release. “I am committed to working with the legislature to develop high-quality solutions to address these staff shortages long-term so that we can ensure that every child is able to access a quality education.”
Detroit school district will move to remote learning on Fridays this December to slow COVID spread https://t.co/J4LNFDqlqJ
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 17, 2021