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Governor Whitmer signs bill easing COVID teacher shortage calling it a “temporary stopgap”

News comes out of Lansing that Michigan public schools can use non-teaching staff as substitute teachers the rest of the academic year under a law designed to address a shortage during the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday that she signed the bill last week, calling it a “temporary stopgap” in a letter to lawmakers. It lets secretaries, paraprofessionals and other school employees without a teaching certificate work as subs as long as they have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.

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