Tag: Arizona teachers

Daily Star: Arizona still facing teacher shortages

August 2018

The Arizona Daily Star reported that with more than a week into the new school year, students at a school specializing in science, technology, engineering and math still don’t have enough qualified teachers. Instead, students are saddled with long-term substitutes who aren’t required to have any training in STEM education.

Education tax likely to be on Nov. ballot

August 2018

The Tempe & West Chandler Wrangler News reported that the “Invest in Education Campaign” announced that more than 270,000 signatures—almost double the number needed— were gathered over the summer to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot.

3TV: Arizona teachers seeing first salary increases

July 2018

KTVK 3TV Phoenix reported that Arizona school teachers are returning to classrooms with many of them seeing their first significant pay raise. It took an historic protest with tens of thousands of teachers walking out of the classroom before Gov. Doug Ducey offered a better pay deal, promising a 20 percent raise over the next two years.

His office estimates the average teacher salary will increase this year to $52,725 from $48,723 during the last school year. This is still below the national average of nearly $59,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The View: School superintendent gives thanks

July 2018

In a column in the West Valley View, Litchfield Elementary School District superintendent Jodi Gunning wrote that thanks to local and statewide support, the governing board approved historic teacher and staff pay increases that directly influenced Litchfield’s impressive teacher retention rate of 82 percent.

Nogalas: Teachers deserve recognition and thanks

August 2017

In an editorial in the Nogalas International, Jonathan Clark congratulated the 21 nominees who were recognized at the 2017 Santa Cruz County Teacher of the Year ceremony.

“Teaching is a vitally important but increasingly challenging profession, especially true in Arizona,” Clark wrote.

Used cars and teachers: Sometimes markets work in unexpected ways

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Are new teachers like used cars? Maybe a little bit.

Dan Hunting

Horizon: Priorities in AZ education

May 2017

Dana Wolfe Naimark, president and CEO of the Children’s Action Alliance, was a guest on Arizona Horizon Wednesday, talking about how children fared in the 2017 legislative session.

“I’m not very happy at all with how children were treated,” said Naimark in regards to the state budget sessions, as “real fundamentals were damaged.

“Not only did we make no dent in our teacher shortage crisis, we made no dent in our 1.1 billion dollar deficit we have every year for schools and haven’t restored since the great recession,” she said.

New Times: Gauging the extent of the teacher crisis

May 2017

Phoenix New Times reported that as budgets and bills wend their way toward completion, Arizona’s teachers revisit the question of what the state’s lawmakers will do for/to the state of education.

Arizona’s teacher shortage has been well documented down the years. This year, politicians have gone a few rounds sparring over teacher pay, relaxing hiring standards and the cost of administrative overhead.

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