Arizona’s Top Teachers Review Lawmakers’ Performance On Education. Please see related stories

| May 17, 2017

By Carrie Jung • 91.5 KJZZ

At the closing of this year’s legislative session, Arizona’s per-student spending rate remained at $4,324. That’s $163 short of what we spent on students more than a decade ago.

It is, in part, why Arizona’s top teachers took a swipe on Monday at lawmakers’ attempts to fund public education this year.

The legislature approved Gov. Doug Ducey’s recommended 1 percent pay hike for teachers this year with a 1 percent increase next year, which fell short of the 4 percent pay raise advocates asked for.

That money is in addition to the $300 million Ducey approved last year. However, that was a settlement sum over a decade-long lawsuit in which Arizona lawmakers had ignored a voter-mandated adjustment of education dollars for inflation rates.

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