Union president: KCPS faces challenges in recruiting teachers

May 16, 2019 - 6:04 am

The Kansas City Public School district is focusing more energy in recruiting as a growing teacher shortage continues across the country.

District officials did not immediately have statistics to determine how many new teachers will be needed for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Teachers unions and education advocates are lobbying Missouri lawmakers for more funding that would enable districts to increase salaries. A big problem in developing talent is relative low pay, said Andrea Flinders, Kansas City Federation of Teachers #691 president.

"Every year we get them up just a little bit, just barely makes us competitive," Flinders said. "Especially with their starting salary, you have to be competitive in order to attract teachers to the district to begin with."

Beginning salaries for Kansas City teachers is just under $39,000 pear year. The high end of the pay scale is almost $84,000.

KCPS students recently scored well enough on standardized tests for the district to achieve full accreditation, which district administrators hope will facilitate recruiting.

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