Survey: Pandemic stress is the last straw for 10% of Missouri teachers

The only profession in Missouri that creates all other professions has been struggling for years to recruit workers. New information indicates the state’s teacher workforce problem is headed down an even rockier path.

A Missouri State University survey says 1 in 10 public school teachers have had enough. They plan to call it quits this year.

About 62% of those likely to step down point to challenges caused by the coronavirus. Dr. Jon Turner, associate professor with MSU’s College of Education, says the completion of the survey coincides with the one-year anniversary of the state’s first COVID-19 diagnosis.

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