Missouri’s teachers are navigating their way through a new school year during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. At this week’s Missouri Board of Education meeting, K-12 Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven recognized teachers for the added stress they are dealing with….
“It is almost impossible to describe what our teachers are going through right now – almost impossible to describe. Every day is a new day trying to deal with all of these additional ways of fluctuating and identifying who’s a contact or who’s not a contact, teaching in multiple modes.”
The state has also battled an ongoing shortage of teachers. In the previous school year, Missouri had about 70,000 pre-K through 12 public school teachers instructing roughly 900,000 students.