The Missouri teacher shortage highlights inequities across the state. Rural and urban districts have more difficulty hiring certified teachers to fill their vacancies. Suburban students have easy access to quality teachers, but their peers in underserved areas do not. According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, “There were 1,561 vacancies in Elementary Education, 852 vacancies in Special Education, and 253 vacancies in Early Childhood Education in 2021.”
In April 2021, Frontline Education surveyed 1,200 district leaders to discover that two out of three respondents reported having teacher shortages in their schools. This is a record high since launching the survey in 2015.
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