More than 1,100 teachers, principals eligible for salary increases
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More than 1,100 teachers, principals eligible for salary increases

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  • Laurie King/Maricopa County Education Service Agency

Emily Janke

Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) has secured a multi-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The grant provides $60 million dollars to support seven Arizona districts and charters in their efforts to increase educator recruitment and retention.

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Emily Janke, a second grade teacher at Roosevelt School District’s Cesar Chavez Community School in Phoenix, works with students in her classroom.

“At a time when our schools face mounting challenges attracting and retaining educators, MCESA is thrilled to secure these resources to assist,” said Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Don Covey.

Roosevelt Elementary School District, Wilson Elementary School District, Nadaburg Unified School District, Mobile Elementary School District, Maricopa County Regional School District, Incito Schools, and Kingman Unified School District are participating in the Rewarding Excellence in Instruction and Leadership- Extend (REIL-Extend) program.

REIL-Extend will improve recruitment and retention of high quality educators by:
• Developing comprehensive human capital management systems that attract, place, retain, and sustain effective educators;
• Ensuring all students have equitable access to effective educators by implementing innovative “reach extension” models;
• Instituting performance-based evaluation and support systems;
• Implementing a performance-based compensation system based on educator effectiveness;
• Creating job-embedded and targeted professional learning to ensure educator improvement and retention.

“This award enables MCESA to continue building on the progress we’ve made since 2010 in the areas of recruitment and retention of high-quality educators,” MCESA REIL-Extend Program Manager Dr. Lori Renfro said.

The seven Arizona school districts participating in REIL-Extend represent a diverse group of rural, urban, and special population districts that serve over 22,000 students in 44 schools. More than 1,100 teachers and principals will be eligible for performance-based salary increases awarded annually.

For additional information, please contact Laurie King, MCESA director of learning and communication systems at (602) 689-0581 or

Maricopa County Education Service Agency, under the direction of Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools, is dedicated to ensuring that all school-age children in the county graduate college- and career-ready.

MCESA builds alliance partnerships that provide leadership, services and programs in the areas of Educational Innovation, Economic Management and Executive Leadership.