Arizona Department of Education Report Reveals Why Thousands Of Teachers Are Fleeing The State

| June 24, 2015

By Sara Guaglione •

“Arizona is facing a crisis in education right now,” said Kristie Martorelli, the Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, according to the Arizona Education News Service. A 2015 report by the Arizona Department of Education explains why, and how the state can work on recruiting and retaining new teachers.

According to the Washington Post, the report reveals that over the last five years, thousands of teachers have left the state The – with this past school year possibly the worst yet.

The report says the reasons for teachers leaving Arizona include low pay, insufficient classroom resources, and too many testing requirements and teaching guidelines that make teachers feel they have no flexibility and too little authentic instructional time.

A survey conducted by the Arizona Superintendents Association of the 2013-2014 school year found that of the 79 districts who responded, 62 percent reported having open teaching positions within their schools, and during the same year.

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