In their attempts to fill the teacher shortage, the legislature is on the verge of passing HB 1139 (it passed the House 92-2 and the Senate 26-22). Making it easier for paraeducators who want to become teachers is one element of the bill (it’s a 62 page bill covering numerous topics). These conditions are related to giving paraeducators more time to attend college in order to qualify for the conditional scholarship.
A surprising feature of the bill is the return of the retire-rehire option for SERS (School Employees Retirement System) members. This would allow classified employees (not just paraeducators) to retire, collect their retirement, and then be rehired into a non-administrative position they can work in up to 867 hours.