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Michigan schools can use non-teachers as substitutes amid worker shortage, after Whitmer signs bill
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Michigan schools will be allowed to use non-teachers as substitutes amid a worker shortage that has been exacerbated by the spread of the omicron COVID-19 variant.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced on Monday she signed legislation to address a teacher shortage in the state by allowing staff members such as secretaries and paraprofessionals to work as substitutes until the end of the school year.
Michigan typically requires substitute teachers without a teaching certificate to have an associate's degree or 60 semester hours of college credit, with some exceptions for employees teaching career and technical education classes, according to FOX2.
However, this bill reportedly will allow for staff, such as cooks, bus drivers and office workers to fill in as substitute teachers if they have a high school diploma or equivalent.
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