Maricopa County
Democratic Party

Back to School with Over 1,000 AZ Teacher Vacancies

Jamie Cochran, of Cronkite News Service, cited school officials who said "low salaries, lack of support and high turnover rates combine" to make it very difficult to hire and retain quality teachers in Arizona, in an article Tuesday.

Ducenator.jpgIn fact, a Costco worker will make $12,000 more a year compared with a teacher in Arizona.


Rep. Dr. Eric Meyer, Democratic Leader in the House of Representatives, suggested using some of the surplus $266 million that Gov. Ducey and Republican leaders are currently sitting on toward investment in education.

“It’s time to realize that if we want the state to be successful economically, we need to educate our kids. The census came out showing that we pay our teachers the least of any state in the country," Meyer said in a story aired by KJZZ.

If their focus is #ClassroomsFirst then #AskDuceyWhy he and Republican leadership in the legislature are short-changing Arizona teachers and children.