Missouri has had a chronic problem with teacher shortages, but COVID-19 has made that can of worms open even more. Just ask Missouri Board of Education member Mary Schrag (shrawg) of West Plains. During Tuesday’s board meeting, members discussed how schools continue to struggle with having enough teachers available to educate kids in traditional classrooms this year.

Missouri Department of Education Assistant Commissioner Paul Katnik says the state’s substitute teacher shortage has reached a crisis level.