Teachers are some of the most influential people in our society, they educate the future leaders of our country. But according to one popular website, if you are a teacher you should avoid Missouri. Why was Missouri ranked as one of the worst states for teachers?

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According to the website Wallethub.com, Missouri is ranked as the 5th worst state for teachers in the United States. Missouri has ranked only ahead of Hawaii (last place), then New Hampshire, the District of Columbia, Arizona, and New Mexico. On the site they say...

"To help America’s educators find the best opportunities and teaching environments, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 24 key indicators of teacher-friendliness. Our data set ranges from teachers’ income growth potential to the pupil-teacher ratio to whether the state has a digital learning plan."

So where does Missouri fall short according to the rankings, and data from WalletHub? Missouri finishes 48th in Public School Spending per Student, 44th in Opportunity and Compensation, and 41st for Academic and Work Environment.

For our readers on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, Illinois ranks 16th for teachers. Illinois gets the 10th place ranking for Opportunity and Compensation, 2nd for Annual Salaries (adjusted for cost of living), and 25th for Academic and Work Environment.

The best states for teachers according to Wallethub.com? New York comes in first, followed by Utah, Virginia, Florida, and Washington. To see the full list of rankings of best and worst states for teachers just click here! 

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