The personal finance website WalletHub has released its 2019’s Best & Worst States for Teachers and Kansas is a strong state in that survey.

Kansas does pretty well, it ranks 13th overall,” said analyst Jill Gonzalez. “Being in the top 15 is definitely something to be proud of.”

WalletHub looked at 23 different indicators of teacher-friendliness.

“That ranges from teachers income growth potential to pupil to teacher ratio to teacher safety,” said Gonzalez.

Kansas relatively low cost of living is a help here.

“Right now, the average salary for teachers is higher than most in Kansas,” said Gonzalez. “That’s adjusted for cost of living, which certainly helps, as well. It’s a safe place. The pupil-to-teacher ratio is
a lot lower than it is in many other states, which helps with individual attention and better graduation rates, too.”

According to the National Education Association, about a fifth of all public-school teachers leave their positions within three years.