Whitmer will propose retention bonuses for teachers, staff

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will propose spending $2.3 billion over four years to recruit and retain teachers and other school staff, enticing them with annual $2,000 bonuses that would grow to $4,000 by 2025.

Her plan to address educator shortages, provided to The Associated Press, is part of the budget Whitmer will present to lawmakers.

Starting in the fall, all full-time returning K-12 public employees would get $2,000, with part-timers receiving less based on hours worked.

They would get an additional $2,000 in 2023. Teachers and other certified staff like counselors would qualify for $3,000 in 2024 and $4,000 in 2025.