By YUEHAN LIU
Capital News Service
LANSING—Public school retirees would retain their full pensions and health benefits while going back to work at schools with a critical shortage of teachers in their discipline or as substitutes for teachers and other instructional positions, under a bill before the Legislature. The House and Senate have passed similar versions of a proposal to change the current law that reduces pension and health benefits for some retirees who are back teaching, depending on their retirement data and the circumstances of their new position. The measure awaiting final legislative action lays out requirements to determine if a district has a “critical shortage” and if a retiree qualifies. Michigan Education Association (MEA) President Steven Cook said the bill relates to the teacher shortage at public schools. The MEA is Michigan’s largest union of teachers and other school personnel.