The Missouri State Board of Education is planned to hear recommendations in January on teacher recruitment and retention, including that teachers’ minimum salaries be raised.
The cost of doing that and of getting all Missouri public teachers to make at least the minimum proposed salary of $32,000 may cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but while admittedly not an easy proposition, proponents said it would be worth it.
“I think we’re quickly approaching the point where we can’t not do something. If we believe in education and our children, this is a step we need to take. We’re not trying to make millionaires out of teachers, but we are trying to make sure they can at least have a standard of living,” Paul Katnik said.