It's not sexy but this effort is worthwhile as American public education reaches a tipping point on its way down.
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State Board of Education President Charlie Shields said the state is close to having a crisis on its hands with its teacher shortage. Last fall, Missouri had at least 3,000 positions left unfilled or filled by people not appropriately certified.
“We’ve got to create a resolution for this that’ll last for generations to come because we could be at the point where we have a lot of students without a qualified teacher in front of them. And that would be a disaster for our state long term,” he said. “We need to have great teachers teaching great students that will support our state and be great leaders in our state in the future. And it starts right now, if we can get this work done.”
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About half of Missouri's teachers leave the profession within the first five years. Since the pandemic, the state's K-12 public school teachers are leaving the field in record numbers. Missouri has reached a point in which it has had enough. Earlier this year, the Missouri Board of Education voted in favor of forming a new...