Kansas teacher shortage expected to get worse if funding issues aren’t resolved

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OLATHE, Kan. -- The growing teacher shortage in Kansas is only expected to get worse as school funding remains in turmoil.

Olathe is one of the biggest school districts in the metro as it employs some of the largest number of teachers in the state, but new numbers say it’s getting harder to get teachers to stay. One of the reasons is money.

Teachers in Kansas make nearly $9,000 less per year compared to the national average. The national average teacher salary is just over $56,000. The average salary of teachers is Kansas is about $47,500.

Just last year nearly 4,000 Kansas teachers left their jobs with Kansas schools. Some of those teachers opted to take positions in Missouri in an effort to ensure more job stability.