LANSING — State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) introduced legislation as part of the “Teachers for Michigan” education plan — a 21st-century overhaul of the state’s K-12 schools — designed to prepare the best, attract the brightest and retain the finest Michigan educators. House and Senate Democrats held a press conference to announce the bills.

“Educators are the foundation of our state, and it’s time we support them by making it easier for existing teachers to do their jobs and encouraging more to enter the profession,” Hammoud said. “I’m proud to be a part of this comprehensive bill package that provides teachers the right tools to learn, grow and thrive.”

Hammoud’s proposal, House Bill 5482, would provide stipends for student teachers serving at economically disadvantaged schools. The teacher could request tuition reimbursement from the school district if teaching in a critical shortage area if they commit to continue serving in the supporting district for at least three years after.

“We must prepare, attract and retain the best and brightest teachers to ensure the best possible future for Michigan,” Hammoud said. “It is key that we attract talented teachers, but it is vital that we retain the ones we already have.”