Future Teachers Mull impact Of New Legislation

By: AP
By: AP

DETROIT (AP) -- Critics of legislation to end state-provided health coverage in retirement for new public school employees in Michigan included lawmakers who felt it went too far and others say it didn't go far enough.

Now that the measure awaits Gov. Rick Snyder's signature, current and aspiring teachers wonder what effects this past week's changes to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System will have on educational career prospects.

Devon Dudash of Livonia says the requirements complicate an already challenging search for a teaching job. The Central Michigan University graduate says she'll consider out-of-state options in the months ahead if she can't land a job in Michigan.

State officials say the grass isn't necessarily greener elsewhere and the legislation takes big steps to save a severely strained retirement system.

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