Linda Lyon: Arizona’s Teacher Shortage Has Reached a Crisis Level

Diane Ravitch's blog

Linda Lyon, for president of the Arizona School Boards Association, writes here about the deepening teacher shortage in her state.

Instead of acting forcefully to improve the working conditions for teachers, the legislature is stuck on devising ways to expand its voucher program. That’s why the Koch brothers elected Governor Ducey, and they expect him to deliver.

She writes:

Anyone wondering where we stand with Arizona’s teacher shortage? After all, last year was probably the most significant year ever for Arizona public school teachers. Some 75,000 of them marched on the state Capitol demanding better pay for themselves and support staff, lower class sizes and more. The result was an additional 9% salary increase added to the 1% Governor Ducey had originally offered for the year. Surely this must have helped us retain quality teachers, right?

Well, not so fast. As the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association (ASPAA) learned in…

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