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Report: KS teachers make lower salaries

Posted: 6:34 PM, Sep 24, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-24 19:34:13-04

This summer, Kansas saw a huge number of open teacher positions and teachers leaving the state to work elsewhere.

Now, a new study shows filling those vacant spots could be a long-term struggle for Kansas.

The Kansas Association of School Boards released a report comparing teacher salaries, education and experience. The report found Kansas teachers are consistently paid less than the national average- and isn’t keeping up with the cost of living.

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In 2012, the base salary for Kansas teachers was just over $38,000. That was pretty close to adjacent states but still lower than the national average of $46,000.

This year, hundreds of teachers were leaving the state to work elsewhere-many crossing the state line to work in Missouri.

The problem isn’t a new one.

The report also shows in 2012, Kansas had a higher percentage of new teachers than the national average.  The state had fewer teachers with at least 3 to 9 years of experience, but more teachers with over 20 years of experience.

Those numbers mean the state has trouble retaining teachers-and that the shortage could get worse as more teachers hit retirement.

Earlier this month, Governor Sam Brownback said he was considering merit pay for teachers-tying more money to student improvement. An idea the Kansas Teacher’s Union was strongly against.

Lawmakers are back in session in January.

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