About half of Missouri’s teachers leave the profession within the first five years. State Board of Education President Charlie Shields says the state is close to having a crisis on its hands with its teacher shortage. A statewide commission held its first meeting Friday to explore ways to boost Missouri’s educator workforce. Shields, of northwest Missouri’s St. Joseph, says there were difficult conversations during the meeting…

 

He also mentioned a statewide salary schedule for different levels of experience and education, as well as changes to the formula used to fund K-12 public education to help fund higher teacher salaries.