Arizona’s teacher shortage has reached ‘crisis levels,’ report finds

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The teacher shortage in Arizona has hit “crisis levels” as the number of educators leaving the profession each year has outpaced the number of education degrees produced by the state’s public universities.

According to key facts from an upcoming report from Arizona State University, 42 percent of state teachers hired in 2013 left the profession within three years, while 74 percent of school administrators said their campuses are experiencing a shortage of teachers.

The report, titled Finding & Keeping Educators for Arizona’s Classrooms, is set to be fully released in May, but a two-page brief released Friday found quality education in the state is primarily hindered by poor salaries.

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