Michigan is looking to fund teachers through a voluntary donation via residents’ tax tax returns.
‘Michigan residents would have the option to donate to a fund for school teachers on their tax return under new bills in the state legislature.
House Bills 5165 and 5166, introduced by Reps. Brad Paquette, R-Niles, and Nate Shannon, D-Sterling Heights, would create the Made a Difference Teacher Fund, and allow Michigan taxpayers to voluntarily donate some or all of their state tax refund to the fund.
The fund would be distributed in $1,000 increments to current and retired Michigan teachers, whom residents could nominate to receive the fund.
Paquette and Shannon – both former teachers – said if enacted, the fund could be a little extra boost for teachers who have made a difference in their students’ lives, and a way for students to honor their favorite teacher.
Paquette said the idea came from a conversation with one of his constituents, who brought up the question, ‘How do you ensure teachers know they’ve made a difference in young people’s lives?’
‘This would let teachers know they did make a difference,’ Paquette said. ‘A lot of teachers get burnt out. They need to know that what they do means the world to those young people.'”
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