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Report: Arizona Soars to 49th in Elementary Teacher Pay – For Now. See related stories here

| April 11, 2018
Report: Arizona Soars to 49th in Elementary Teacher Pay – For Now. See related stories here

Arizona elementary teachers are no longer the worst-compensated in the country, researchers say.

We’re now second-to-last behind Oklahoma, but maybe not for long — teachers there are on the picket lines.

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After Gov. Ducey signs tax extension, teachers say it’s not enough. See related education stories here

| March 28, 2018
After Gov. Ducey signs tax extension, teachers say it’s not enough. See related education stories here

On the same day Gov. Doug Ducey extended a tax to pay fund education, leaders in a growing teachers group vowed to keep up the pressure on state leaders for better teacher pay. 

Noah Karvelis, one of the top organizers of the “#RedForEd” movement, said a widespread teacher strike is still an option. 

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Children’s Action Alliance To Arizona Gov. Ducey: Raise Taxes To Pay For Quality Education. See related stories here

| December 6, 2017
Children’s Action Alliance To Arizona Gov. Ducey: Raise Taxes To Pay For Quality Education. See related stories here

Critics of Gov. Doug Ducey’s plans to pay for education costs without tax increases say that mode of thinking has led to a huge shortage of permanent teachers, outdated textbooks and technology, overcrowded classrooms with not enough books and not enough desks.

Dana Wolfe Naimark, president and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, released a new policy brief this past week, making a case study for higher taxes.

“We can’t turn this around until we restore revenues and reinvest in public schools,” she said. “And simply sitting around waiting to watch the economy grow cannot catch up to the needs of our public schools.”

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Arizona Gov. Ducey Facing Pressure To Accept Education Tax. Please see related stories here

| September 6, 2017
Arizona Gov. Ducey Facing Pressure To Accept Education Tax. Please see related stories here

Governor Doug Ducey’s aversion to the word “taxes” could keep Arizona’s students from competing for jobs in the 21st century.

That’s what even staunch allies are finding after the Governor’s own appointed Classrooms First Initiative Council reviewed its two year study on school finance and reform.

The leader of the Classrooms First Initiative Council, Jim Swanson, normally supports the Governor.

“In some regard I give him credit for keeping his word,” Swanson said, referring to the Governor’s pledge to cut taxes every year.

But, he indicated education is not the place, nor is this the time. “I think that we have an extraordinary need in this state,” Swanson said.

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