Schools Lose Staff to State’s Early Retirement Package
School districts throughout the state are now dealing with a wave of teachers who are retiring early. The state offered a package to public school employees this year to coax highly paid senior staff into early retirement. The deadline to accept the offer was Friday, and now the numbers are in. At least 17,000 teachers and staff throughout Michigan opted for early retirement. That's less than the state hoped for, but still making big waves in our local schools. Schools in Northern Michigan say the change is a double-edged sword, and they're going to spend the summer trying to figure things out. 9&10's Alex Jokich and photojournalist Ben Talarico spoke with several local districts and have more details.