When Missouri educators share personal information with state agencies, they should be confident that information will remain protected. Unfortunately, that confidence was eroded when it was revealed that personal information of Missouri teachers was accessible through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website

The State of Missouri has an obligation to deploy every resource necessary to keep protected personal information of Missouri’s education professionals secure. Any vulnerabilities that have been exposed must be addressed quickly and thoroughly to ensure this information is not accessible in the future.

• Statement from DESE

St. Louis Post Dispatch – Missouri teachers’ Social Security numbers at risk on state agency's website