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The Missouri Public School System has also been working on recruitment and retention of teachers. The report, “Recruitment and Retention of Teachers in Missouri Public Schools” revealed that Missouri’s teacher workforce grew by 22.6 percent between 1991 and 2001 with addition of 12,000 teachers. It also found that of the2,529 teachers who entered Missouri’s public school workforce for the first time in 1990-1991 school year, 20.3 percent left the classroom after one, two, or three years on the job. By 1998, more than one-fourth of the teachers who entered the system that school year left during the first three years.

 

There are many initiatives in recruitment and retention in Missouri Schools. Here are a few of them:

    a. Missouri’s Current Recruitment and Retention Initiatives

          1. Temporary Authorization Certificate

          2. Career Ladder

          3. Special Education Tuition Reimbursement

          4. Counselor Tuition Reimbursement

          5. Missouri Teacher Education Scholarship Program

          6. Missouri Minority Teaching Scholarship

          7. Federal Loan Forgiveness Program

          8. Missouri Critical Teacher Shortage Forgivable Loan Program

 

    b. Recruitment and Retention of Teachers
        Suggested Strategies for School District

        1. Financial Incentives

  • Increased salaries
  • Tuition reimbursement for additional coursework
  • Signing bonuses
  • Closing cost for housing
  • Interest-free home loans
  • Student loan repayment throughout district employment
  • Income tax credits for a portion or all teacher salaries
  • Bonuses for teaching in lowest-performing buildings

 

        2. Job Quality

  • Job sharing
  • Day care
  • Mentoring programs
  • Professional development
  • Release time
  • In-district or electronic classes
  • Awards
  • Salary schedules

 

        3. Grow your own

  • Cadet teacher academy
  • Paraprofessional and substitute tuition

 

The report has excellent suggestions for the recruitment and retention of teachers. It can be found at http://www.dese.state.mo.us/divteachqual/teachrecruit/RetentionRpt.pdf