Source: The Oak Ridger | News Article | February 16, 2022 |
State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, has filed a bill encouraging retired people to return to work as teachers or substitutes.
A news release from his office stated the bill was introduced as school districts across Tennessee address ongoing staffing challenges.
The bill, Senate Bill 2702, would allow retired members of the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) to be reemployed as a K-12 teacher, K-12 substitute teacher, or as a K-12 bus driver without the loss or suspension of the retired member’s TCRS benefits.
“This issue was brought to my attention by local school directors. Working with the Tennessee Department of Treasury, we’ve come up with a solution to help the schools in my district and across Tennessee,” said Sen. Yager in the news release. “Teachers, substitute teachers and bus drivers are especially needed and many retirees are ready and willing to help. This bill will remove the barriers to making that happen.”