Rep. Ed Orcutt’s substitute teacher bill passes the House


Legislator: Rep. Ed Orcutt
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There may soon be help on the way for schools dealing with a shortage of substitute teachers.  Today, the House passed a bill that would allow districts to employ retired teachers as subs.  Ruth Johnson reports from Olympia.

Johnson:  As the law currently stands, retired teachers can work as substitutes, but they run the risk of losing their retirement benefits. House bill 1737 would allow them to substitute up to 630 hours a year with no disruption to their pensions.  Lawmakers believe it could help the state's substitute teacher shortage.

Orcutt: “This is a serious problem, Mr. Speaker.  And it's the students in that classroom that are suffering, because they are not getting a day of education.  They are putting in time, but they are not getting a lesson plan taught to them.”

Johnson:  That is Republican Representative Ed Orcutt.  He sponsored the bill, which sailed through the House on a vote of 96 to 1.  It now goes to the Senate.

Ruth Johnson, Olympia.

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