Town Halls About Missouri’s K-12 Teacher Shortage to Begin Next Week

(MISSOURINET) –  Missouri’s teacher shortage – and ways to help fix the problem – will be the focus of a series of statewide town halls beginning next week. The Missouri Board of Education and a statewide commission will hit the road to explain the workforce struggles and share recommendations to recruit and retain teachers. Monday’s meeting is in Knob Noster and Tuesday’s is in Jefferson City. Mallory McGowin, spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Education, says the workforce problem stretches beyond the education community.

Recommendations include a path to increase teacher pay long-term; boosting mental health resources for school staff; and tuition assistance for teachers.