Michigan House Considers Bill to Allow Hiring of Uncertified Teachers Amid Shortage

A Republican legislator has introduced a bill intended to curtail Michigan’s alleged teacher shortage.

The House Education Committee heard testimony related to House Bill 5685 on Monday. The bill, introduced by Rep. Pamela Hornberger, R-Chesterfield Twp., if passed, would allow public schools to hire college education majors prior to their certification as teachers.

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State Board of Education Urges Michigan Legislature to Solve Teacher Shortage

Michigan’s State Board of Education adopted a resolution supporting the recruitment and retention recommendations issued by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

“The state legislature has the responsibility to help rebuild the teaching profession in Michigan,” State Board of Education President Dr. Casandra Ulbrich said in a statement. “They have an opportunity to make a real difference for current and future educators.”

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