Filling teacher shortage with paraeducators and retire-rehire of classified employees

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.


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