Bus drivers, cafeterias workers to serve as substitute teachers amid Michigan schools staffing crisis

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The state of Michigan is officially allowing non-teaching school staff to essentially fill-in the role of substitutes, in a measure meant to address staffing shortages.

House Bill No. 4294 “will temporarily allow schools to employ an individual without certification who already works at the school to substitute teach through the end of the 2021-2022 school year.” The Michigan Senate (23 to 13) and the state’s House (55 to 48) approved it back on Dec. 14.

In layman’s terms (per The Detroit News), Gov. Gretchen Whitmer approved the bill on Monday that allows school staff like “bus drivers and cafeteria workers” to serve as substitute teachers on an as-needed basis to address school staffing shortages, as long as the fill-ins have at least a high school diploma.

“Normally, state law requires schools to hire substitute teachers who have at least 60 semester hours of college credit,” the outlet reports.

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