Retired teachers can return to classroom under Hughes bill

Teachers who have retired from the profession can return to work without sacrificing pension and health care benefits if they are teaching in a critical shortage area, under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Retired educators are a valuable resource,” Snyder said. “Having them back in the classroom will assist schools in filling critical shortage areas where their knowledge will greatly benefit today’s students.”

House Bill 4059, sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes, directs the state superintendent to publish a list of critical shortage disciplines and post the information on the Michigan Department of Education website. The bill reflects a state law that expired due to a sunset provision. It is now Public Act 219 of 2015.

The governor today also signed House Bill 4843, authored by state Rep. Al Pscholka, which creates a Good Samaritan exemption from criminal penalties for certain drug offenses for minors who present themselves or another person for medical assistance due to a prescription drug overdose. It reflects current law that is in place for minors who seek assistance for someone in danger of dying from alcohol intoxication. The bill was approved unanimously in both chambers and is now PA 220.

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