A Brief Background of Education in Missouri, Development of the Public School Retirement System and Missouri Retired Teacher’s Association — 1960 to 2010
Edited by Jim Kreider, Executive Director, MRTA
We need to look back at MRTA history to see how far we’ve come. For 41 years, the only source of funds for Missouri schools as a territory and as a state was from the Federal Grant through a land grant (no deed, no patent). Much work went on to even get that grant. One example: In 1804, Mr. Thomas Reddick from St. Louis rode horseback to Washington D.C. (at his own expense) to plead for passage of the Act granting land for schools.
And it was 52 years before local funds could be levied for schools. Then, for 70 years (1887 to 1956) only 1/3 of the ordinary revenue was used for schools.
So much background and work has been done on the development of education for schools of Missouri. During the great depression, teachers sometimes were not paid for the last two months of school.