Amid a Teacher Shortage, Gov. Ducey Loosens Teacher Requirements

| May 17, 2017

By Josh Alexander •  Lake Powell Life 

It has been well documented that Arizona is it the midst of an education crisis. The Grand Canyon State ranks near the bottom of spending-per-student and has some of the lowest teacher salaries in the nation.

The lack of funding has coincided, or even to some extent caused, a teacher shortage across the state. Number released during the 2014 school year showed that 62% of the state’s school districts had unfilled teaching positions. Arizona also sports one of the nation’s highest turnover rates and with a good chunk of the teacher workforce eligible to retire in 2018, the shortage shows no signs of stopping.

Due to a lack of teachers, tens of thousands of teachers were hired on emergency or temporary credentials to meet the needs of the districts.

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