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House Bill 4059, which would allow some retired school employees to return to the classroom when there is a critical need, is now on the way to the Governor’s desk.

The bill would change a law that requires teachers and other employees to sacrifice their pensions and health benefits if they, after a period of time in retirement, take a position in another school.

This law impacts teachers even looking for short time work in areas where there is extreme need.

We found lawmakers had been sitting on the legislation for more than a year that would allow some retired teachers to help fill the need.

The next day the Senate passed the bill unanimously. The House passed it today.

“The governor supports the concept because we want to make sure students have access to great teachers in critical areas,” said David Murray, Deputy Press Secretary for Gov. Snyder. “We also need to give the bill a thorough review before making a determination on whether it will be signed into law.”

Experts say it is only one part of the solution to the teacher shortage facing our state.

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