For the past two years, the Missouri Legislature and Governor Mike Parson have boosted funding for teacher recruitment and retention. Whether that effort continues is a wait and see game.
Paul Katnik at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says the Teacher Baseline Salary Grant Program needs to continue.
A statewide teacher recruitment and retention commission recommends a change in law to permanently raise the minimum starting teacher salary.
The commission also shared its recommendations with the Missouri Board of Education to help improve teacher working conditions.