New Law Tackles Missouri Teacher Shortage by Encouraging Retirees to Return to Classroom

By Annelise Hanshaw

“Missouri’s school districts are struggling not just with a teacher shortage but a scarcity of bus drivers, custodians and other essential personnel.

In the 2022-2023 school year, teachers with inadequate teaching certification taught over 8% of Missouri public school classes, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The crisis has led larger school districts to consider adopting four-day school weeks to address teacher retention and recruitment problems.”

This summary originated from a story produced by Annelise Hanshaw of The 74, a non-profit, independent news organization focused on education in America.