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New bill allows school support staff to replace teachers



LAPEER, Mich. (WJRT) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a new bill that will solve the shortage of substitute teachers, help keep schools open and allow students to learn in person.

While some worry about what this might mean for Michigan’s education system, others say they’re up to anything that can help keep students in school.

“I don’t think you will find a superintendent in the county who will say no to increased support,” said Lapeer Community Schools Superintendent Matt Wandrie.

He is happy to see this bill enacted.

“The kids relate to all of our support staff. With the bus drivers, the secretaries, with the para-pros,” Wandrie said. “Having these adult faces on a daily basis to reassure them is a big part of the defense against these things.”

While not an ideal situation, Wandrie said keeping kids in school and advancing learning must be a priority right now.

“One hundred percent supporting our own local methodology that can get people into our business, help pay for it – supporting our kids is welcome,” Wandrie said. “Because we need more adults without children, not less. “

The new law is a temporary solution to the school staff problem found across the state. For now, it will expire at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.


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