JEFFERSON CITY – School officials in Missouri are spending $ 700,000 on a new recruiting effort to reverse the decline in the number of people training to be teachers.
The creation of the digital platform comes as the # 1 problem in teacher training and retention continues to be the state’s low pay for educators.
Although the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has introduced a plan to raise the state’s teacher base salary above its current level of $ 25,000, lawmakers and Governor Mike Parson do have not allocated the funding needed to bring the figure more in line with surrounding states. .
This, officials said, was a major contributor to an exodus of teachers from Missouri classrooms. The average teacher attrition rate over the past six years is over 11%.
“In short, too many teachers are leaving the profession, and there are fewer teachers available to replace them. As a result, when schools cannot find teachers, they are forced to leave vacancies or fill vacancies with teachers who are not certified for this content area, ”DESE said in an announcement over early this week.
The new program, known as TeachMO.org, will serve as a centralized hub for prospective teachers to explore the profession, access free resources, and receive support in applying for educator preparation programs.