AZCentral: AZ teacher's FB post draws international attention

Thursday, March 15, 2018

AZCentral.com reported that amid a nationwide debate about teacher salaries, Elisabeth Milich, a Phoenix-area teacher, shared her salary, and her frustration, on social media by posting a photo of her pay stub on Facebook.

"This is my new pay after taking a few professional development classes," stated Milich in the post. "I actually laughed when I saw the old salary vs. the new one. I mean really, I need a college degree to make this? I paid 80,000 for a college degree, I then paid several hundred more to transfer my certification to Az."

Her salary is $35,490 per year. The median salary for Arizona elementary school teachers in 2016, adjusted for cost of living, was $42,474, a 2017 analysis (Finding & Keeping Educators for Arizona’s Classrooms) by Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy found. The median salary for high school teachers was $47,890.

Despite a 1 percent pay increase approved by the Legislature last year, and an infusion of cash from ballot measure Proposition 123, teacher pay in Arizona remains among the lowest in the nation.

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