Bills

Teaching is one of the most important jobs in our state and these bills were crafted to recognize its impact. Just like a one teacher can’t teach geometry, physics and Spanish, one bill can’t solve all of the problems created by our Republican legislature these past seven years.

I have the support of my Democratic colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Now we need your support.

Here’s a short description of every bill and the legislator who introduced them.

Senate Bill 0025 | Sponsor: Sen. David Knezek (D–Dearborn Heights)
House Bill 5484 | Sponsor: Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D–Flint)
Creates a tax credit for teachers who use their own money to purchase supplies for their classrooms.


Senate Bill 0724 | Sponsor: Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D–Taylor)
House Bill 4146 | Sponsor: Rep. John Chirkun (D–Roseville)
Repeals Right-to-Work for public employees.


Senate Bill 0725 | Sponsor: Sen. Steve Bieda (D–Warren)
House Bill 4147 | Sponsor: Rep. Tom Cochran (D–Mason)
Repeals Right-to-Work for private employees.


Senate Bill 0764 | Sponsor: Sen. Morris W. Hood III (D–Detroit)
House Bill 5465 | Sponsor: Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D–Brownstown Township)
Creates a program for high school students in underrepresented groups to pursue a teaching career.


Senate Bill 0765 | Sponsor: Sen. Steve Bieda (D–Warren)
House Bill 5466 | Sponsor: Rep. Donna Lasinski (D–Scio Township)
Provides a scholarship to individuals who have worked for more than one year at an early childhood center, work over 25 hours/week and are enrolled in an undergraduate program for early childhood education.


Senate Bill 0766 | Sponsor: Sen. Steve Bieda (D–Warren)
House Bill 5476 | Sponsor: Rep. David LaGrand (D–Grand Rapids)
Provides student teachers at economically disadvantaged schools with an annual stipend of up to $1,000.


Senate Bill 0767 | Sponsor: Sen. Morris W. Hood III (D–Detroit)
House Bill 5467 | Sponsor: Rep. Jon Hoadley (D–Kalamazoo)
Establishes a loan forgiveness program for eligible teachers at economically disadvantaged schools.


Senate Bill 0768 | Sponsor: Sen. David Knezek (D–Dearborn Heights)
House Bill 5468 | Sponsor: Rep. Bill Sowerby (D–Clinton Township)
Provides a one-time bonus of $3,000 to $5,000 for newly hired teachers, or a one-time relocation bonus of up to $1,000 for teachers moving to teach in economically disadvantaged schools.


Senate Bill 0769 | Sponsor: Sen. Ian Conyers (D–Detroit)
House Bill 5469 | Sponsor: Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D–Detroit)
Awards an annual bonus of $1,800 for math, science or special education teachers in economically disadvantaged schools.


Senate Bill 0770 | Sponsor: Sen. Bert Johnson (D–Highland Park)
House Bill 5470 | Sponsor: Rep Tenisha Yancey (D–Harper Woods)
Awards a stipend of $500 to experienced teachers for each newly certified teacher that they mentor.


Senate Bill 0771 | Sponsor: Sen. Jim Ananich (D–Flint)
House Bill 5475 | Sponsor: Rep: Rep. Vanessa Guerra (D–Saginaw)
Provides scholarships of $1,000 per semester for full-time teachers attending master-level teacher programs and serving in economically disadvantaged schools.


Senate Bill 0772 | Sponsor: Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D–Taylor)
House Bill 5471 | Sponsor: Rep. Patrick Green (D–Warren)
Eliminates recent provisions to the MI Public School Employees Retirement System Act.


Senate Bill 0773 | Sponsor: Sen. Rebekah Warren (D–Ann Arbor)
House Bill 5472 | Sponsor: Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D–Ann Arbor)
Removes the hard cap on health care for all school employees, and instead requires employees to pay at least 20 percent of health care costs.


Senate Bill 0774 | Sponsor: Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D–Taylor)
House Bill 5473 | Sponsor: Rep. Frank Liberati (D–Allen Park)
Streamlines the teacher evaluation process and requires districts to take mentorships into account when judging teacher performance.


Senate Bill 0775 | Sponsor: Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D–Taylor)
House Bill 5474 | Sponsor: Rep. Cara A. Clemente (D–Lincoln Park)
Technical changes to comply with Senate Bill 0774 and House Bill 5473.


Senate Bill 0776 | Sponsor: Sen. Coleman A. Young II (D–Detroit)
House Bill 5477 | Sponsor: Rep. Sara Cambensy (D–Marquette)
Removes PERA language so teachers can receive step increases and health care if their contract with the district has expired.


Senate Bill 0777 | Sponsor: Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D–East Lansing)
House Bill 5478 | Sponsor: Rep. Kristy Pagan (D–Canton)
Requires that MPSERs contributions be made for all charter school employees.


Senate Bill 0778 | Sponsor: Sen. David Knezek (D–Dearborn Heights)
House Bill 5479 | Sponsor: Rep. Jim Ellison (D–Royal Oak)
Requires Detroit Community Schools to consider advanced degrees when determining teacher compensation.


Senate Bill 0779 | Sponsor: Sen. Vincent Gregory (D–Lathrup Village)
House Bill 5480 | Sponsor: Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D–Huntington Woods)
Sets the student-teacher ratio to be no greater than 20:1 for K-4th grade.


Senate Bill 0780 | Sponsor: Sen. Steve Bieda (D–Warren)
House Bill 5481 | Sponsor: Rep. Tim Sneller (D–Burton)
Increases the number of Michigan’s Teacher of the Year award recipients to 13, with each recipient receiving a $1,000 reward.


Senate Bill 0781 | Sponsor: Sen. Coleman A. Young II (D–Detroit)
House Bill 5482 | Sponsor: Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D–Dearborn)
Reimburses teachers for receiving teaching endorsements in a shortage area.


Senate Bill 0782 | Sponsor: Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D–Taylor)
House Bill 5483 | Sponsor: Rep. Christine Greig (D–Farmington Hills)
Creates an 11-member council to provide guidance on how to attract, prepare and retain teachers.