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Arizona teachers face worst ‘pay penalty’ in the nation, again. See more state education news here

| September 22, 2020
Arizona teachers face worst ‘pay penalty’ in the nation, again. See more state education news here

Arizona teachers are paid less than two-thirds of what other workers in the state with college degrees are, the worst pay gap in the nation, according to a new analysis of labor statistics.

According to the analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data by SmartestDollar.com, teachers in the United States make 15.7% less than other full-time employees with a bachelor’s degree. But in Arizona, teachers make 33.5% less than their college-educated friends and neighbors.

At the other end of the spectrum, teachers in New York and Rhode Island are paid about 6% more than other workers with college degrees.

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Ward: State GOP backs tax hike for education. See more state education news here

| April 23, 2019
Ward: State GOP backs tax hike for education. See more state education news here

The state Republican Party has staked out a rare policy position by backing a tax hike – as long as GOP lawmakers don’t have to do it alone.
AZGOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward announced Monday evening her support for legislation that would increase a voter-approved 0.6-cent sales tax earmarked for education to a full penny.
This new tax hike, like the original tax, would also need to be approved by voters on the 2020 ballot.

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Study: Poverty, Location Factors In Arizona Student Literacy. See more state education news here

| March 26, 2019
Study: Poverty, Location Factors In Arizona Student Literacy. See more state education news here

A study of literacy programs for Arizona third-graders found that children who live in poverty or attend rural schools are at a disadvantage in learning to read. The report evaluated how effective reading instruction programs were for third-grade students based on a number of key metrics derived from AzMERIT, Arizona’s statewide learning assessment test. Study author Robert Vagi is a researcher at the University of Minnesota; he said economic and geographic factors play a significant role in a student’s ability to achieve age-appropriate literacy.

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