Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Missouri
Providing Missouri students a highly qualified, appropriately credentialed workforce has grown steadily more challenging over the past decade. Unsurprisingly, the pandemic made it even harder. Multiple surveys indicate Missouri educators’ growing dissatisfaction over the last two years. These data, coupled with figures on declining enrollment in teacher preparation programs, increased vacancies, uncompetitive salaries, and declining retention rates, have prompted state education leaders to take bold steps to improve teacher recruitment and retention in Missouri.
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State policymakers looking to increase recruitment and retention should keep an eye on these long-term trends.
State statutes impede students' equitable access to profession-ready teachers.
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