Republican legislative candidate Matt Gress on July 4, 2022. || Photo via Arizonans for Matt Gress /Facebook
The plan would give Arizona teachers an immediate and permanent $10,000 salary increase, with 100% of the money going directly to teachers and no tax increase.
By Briana Whitney || 3TV/CBS 5
Teacher pay has been a controversial topic in Arizona, and now a new plan would give all Arizona teachers an immediate $10,000 raise if passed through the state legislature. But some critics said this is likely all talk and no action. Why? Because they said, history repeats itself.
Arizona’s had a problem retaining qualified teachers because of low salaries, and this proposal would certainly help. However, critics question whether it will actually get passed, or is this a political play?
Excitement for the start of another school year is plagued by an education crisis that continues in Arizona. “This teacher exodus is impacting every single classroom, every single district across the state,” said Marisol Garcia, president of the Arizona Education Association.