Teacher Pay

Melissa Daniels, AP

On a hot Arizona evening under a park pavilion, math teacher Heather LaBelle handed out petitions for a ballot initiative that would increase taxes on wealthy residents to get funding for schools. Later that night, her school board voted to give her and her fellow teachers an average raise of 15.5 percent.

FUSD

It’s been one week since Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed an education spending package into law. The legislation promises to partially restore recession-era cuts made to education and give teachers a 20% raise by 2020. The plan put an end to a six-day walkout by tens of thousands of teachers, impacting nearly every public school district in the state, including Flagstaff Unified. KNAU’s Aaron Granillo sat down with FUSD Superintendent Michael Penca to discuss how the spending deal will affect his district.


AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is pushing back on a narrative that he was dismissive of teachers who pushed for big pay increases while he championed a budget that awarded them just a 1 percent pay hike.

Matt York/AP

Hearings are expected Tuesday on a state budget proposal that will help fund 10 percent raises for teachers and make the first payment toward restoring nearly $400 million cut from school building and maintenance budgets following the Great Recession. 

Arizona Teachers Rally at Capitol as Lawmakers Negotiate

Apr 30, 2018
Matt York/AP

Thousands of Arizona teachers gathered for the third day at the Capitol on Monday to protest low pay and school funding, and many schools around the state remained closed, while the Legislature prepared to introduce a budget package that gives them raises but falls short of other demands.

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