The Missouri Legislature passed a budget last year to help increase teacher pay. Lawmakers will be asked again this year to boost those salaries but getting a raise could be based on performance. Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden says lawmakers should provide a baseline for the state to track performance.


Missouri’s teachers are one of the lowest paid in the nation, if not the lowest. Senate Democratic Leader John Rizzo says not giving teachers a pay raise when the state has billions of dollars in its bank account would be “a travesty.”


Missouri House Speaker Dean Plocher, a Republican, also wants to pay teachers based upon performance.