Missouri Panel Discusses Key Recommendations Intended to Boost Teacher Workforce

(MISSOURINET) –  A Missouri commission is finalizing its recommendations aimed at boosting the state’s teacher workforce. Top recommendations include raising the starting teacher pay and the salary for experienced ones as well as providing more full-ride scholarships to Missouri teacher college students. Lucy Berrier Matheson, with the Hunt Institute, an independent, public education policy nonprofit, says teacher pay has an impact on student success.

Another recommendation would increase support for teacher mental health needs. The commission is crafting the plan for the Missouri Board of Education to ask state lawmakers to back in next year’s legislative session.