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Arizona schools are suffering from a combination of lower public investment, higher child poverty and rising enrollments. This is the result of a multiyear effort by Republicans and allies like the Goldwater Institute to cut taxes for the rich in a manner that forces schools to make tough choices while the state’s richest households do better than ever. The legislature should make a bold investment in public education with reliable and sustainable revenue sources; K-12 education in the state remains over $1 billion below 2008 funding levels when accounting for inflation and population growth


Teachers say low pay ends careers in Arizona, leaves some at crossroads

By: Katie Campbell December 4, 2017, 4:10 am

Arizona teachers have not been quiet about their reasons for abandoning the profession and even the state: high stress, low morale and low pay. Yet the state’s response has not been enough to end the ongoing crisis, a new report from a Washington D.C.-based think tank concludes.

According to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, state funding for K-12 education is nearly 14 percent below what is was before the Great Recession. And while Gov. Doug Ducey is pushing


WASHINGTON—Statement by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on Kansas Supreme Court ruling that Kansas still has unconstitutionally inadequate school funding:

“Today is a good day for Kansas. Sadly, it's taken the courts—after years of students suffering from austerity budgets—for Kansas public schoolchildren to get justice and opportunity. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback seems determined to stick it to children and give public schools as little as he can get away with. The state Supreme Court has become a guardian for Kansas' schoolchildren, refusing to let the governor and

The Arizona Federation of Teachers is dedicated to putting in place EFFECTIVE RESEARCHED-BASED alternative to suspension measures at all levels of a child's education. The school-to-prison pipeline is spreading throughout the urban environment and there are far too many inexperienced teachers and administrators unwilling or unable to effectively intervene in a student's life before it is too late. Our legislation makes sure measures are put into place and protects those willing to intervene effectively with alternatives to suspension programs and placement. It's time to mandate these


WASHINGTON – Thirty states claim to consider student growth a “significant” factor in teacher evaluations, but a new study finds that evaluations in 28 of those states, including Arizona, “fail to live up to promises.”

The report, written by the National Council on Teacher Quality, found that

The Arizona Federation of Teachers says school districts across the state are starting another year with inadequate funding and a shortage of qualified teachers. (AlexBrylov/iStockphoto)
August 10, 2016

PHOENIX - Despite an infusion of extra money approved by voters, a teachers' group said Arizona students heading back to classes this week are still being shortchanged. The Arizona Federation of Teachers said deep budget cuts by lawmakers have left the education system with inadequate funding and a shortage of qualified teachers, particularly hurting lower-income students in public schools.