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Severe teacher shortage in Arizona continues


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  • Laura Elizondo and Justin Wing/ Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association

Avondale Summer Band Academy Teacher Marietta Swim Talks With Students About How To Play The Eighth Notes In Their Song At Desert Thunder School On June 18, 2019. Photo By Lisa Irish/AZEdNews

For the fifth consecutive year, Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association (ASPAA) survey results confirm the continued severe teacher shortage in Arizona. 

The data indicates about 21% of teacher vacancies across the state this year remain unfilled, and almost half the vacancies are filled by teachers who do not meet the state’s certification requirements, according to the ASPAA survey. 

These results reinforce the need to increase funding for public education. Arizona teacher pay remains one of the lowest in the country, even with the recent education budget increase.

Arizona children deserve the best teachers in the nation. School district and charter schools compete nationally for the limited pool of candidates. The inability to offer competitive salaries severely limits public schools from attracting the best and the brightest.

The severe teacher shortage must be addressed. Arizona’s leaders must make a collective effort to ensure the recruitment and retention of effective teachers through increased funding. Highly educated and skilled work force are cornerstones to a growing and thriving economy.

The survey focused on teacher vacancies and teachers who have already severed employment as of August 30, 2019, and 150 school districts and charter schools throughout Arizona participated.

Current figures are listed on the following page along with a three-year trend. We are available to the media for further comment or questions.

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