LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – A bill with bipartisan support to make it easier for schools to hire substitute teachers could get a vote in a state House committee soon.

Representative Carol Glanville (D-Walker) Representative Brad Paquette (R-Niles) both serve on the House Education Committee, which held a hearing on the bill last week and called it a “win-win.”

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Paquette says when he was a Spanish teacher, he had parents of students who were bilingual but they were not able to substitute because they did not have at least 60 college credits. Glanville believes the new bill would continue to encourage school employees to substitute.

The bill would allow anyone at least 21 years old with a high school diploma to substitute teach. The House Education committee is expected to approve the bill either this week or next.