Raising the Student/Teacher Ratio Would Increase Teacher Salaries

Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls

“In policy, as in our daily lives, our decisions have trade-offs. I can buy a new car and make payments or I could have more disposable income each month. The same is true when it comes to how we run our schools and compensate our teachers. Much of the public narrative lately has been about Missouri’s relatively low teachers’ salaries. Missouri ranks 47th in the average teacher salary, with an average of $51,557. The starting average teacher salary (news I broke on the Institute blog because no other media source had requested or reported the data) was $38,367.33 in 2022. … Missouri school districts could choose to hire fewer teachers and pay them more or hire more teachers and pay them less. They choose the latter.” (01/12/23)