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Severe teacher shortage in Arizona continues


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  • Justin Wing/ Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association

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

The data indicates about 25% 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.

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 and internationally for the limited pool of candidates. The inability to offer competitive salaries severely limits public schools from attracting the best and the brightest.

The severity of the 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.

High quality public schools are a requirement for companies considering a move to the Copper State, and a 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 31, 2018, and 178 school districts and charter schools throughout Arizona participated.

Current figures are listed on the following page.

The following Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association representatives are available to the media for further comment or questions:

Dr. Shaun Holmes, President, Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association, Phoenix, Arizona; (480) 472-0412; slholmes@mpsaz.org

and Justin Wing, Past President, Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association, Phoenix, Arizona; (602) 388-2200; justin.wing@wesdschools.org.

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