AZ Education Chief Wants More Money for Teachers

Nov 29, 2016

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas has released a new funding proposal aimed at giving pay raises to teachers, repairing school facilities and buying new school buses.

Credit David Wallace / AZ Central

Douglas' 2017 "AZ Kids Can't Wait" education plan unveiled Tuesday would give Arizona's public schools $680 million to pay for the improvements and changes.

Of the $680 million, $200 million would be given to schools without strings attached; $140 million just for boosting teacher salaries; a combined $60 million to increase rural transportation funding and address teacher recruitment; and $280 million to address schools' capital funding needs.

Douglas will need to work with Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature to make the funding plan a reality and also work with the Board of Education to push through many of her proposals.