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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs law allowing any district employee with a high school diploma or GED to substitute teach

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.


This sounds like something Democrats would support if not for the unions.

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.”




“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.”


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