Polehanki, Brinks Introduce a Bill Package to Attract, Retain Teachers in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (June 16, 2022) — Today, Senate Democrats, led by Sens. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) and Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), introduced a package of bills designed to attract and retain teachers in Michigan to address the educator shortage that has been many years in the making.

In February 2020, just before the pandemic, the Michigan Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers released a report finding that newly issued teacher certificates were down nearly 25% between the 2013-2014 and 2017-2018 school years. The COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated the problem, and now, teachers are retiring faster than they can be replaced.

“Michigan’s teacher shortage is getting worse by the day, and it won’t go away unless we get proactive about recruiting and retaining excellent educators,” said Sen.Polehanki. “These bills will go a long way toward ensuring our hardworking teachers can stay in the profession long-term, so our students can have the world-class education they deserve at every level.”

Sen. Brinks added, “My Democratic colleagues and I are dedicated to fighting this teacher shortage in Michigan and doing what’s right for our kids for generations to come. By supporting new teachers and recruiting new prospects to the field as part of a future-focused strategy, we can strengthen our schools and empower our teachers to do what they do best.”

The legislation in the package includes:

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