Not one teacher in this state is asking to be rich. We are asking to be able to provide for ourselves and our families by being paid a respectable wage for an extremely important job.
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Arizona classrooms are full of unqualified teachers because the ones who are actually qualified aren’t willing to work for the insulting wages that Arizona has to offer. The grades aren’t “up” because educ, in general, neral isn’t valued or supported in this state, then get the students grades up and maybe we will talk about raises then. But as long as Arizona is among the lowest ranked schools across the nation, Y’all don’t deserve raises. Arizona ED the Educators strike back war RedForEd. I ‘don’t understand the problem’ because I don’t agree with you. I understand very well. I also understand that you are failing our children. And their grades are a reflection of the teacher’s job. So if our children are failing, that’s on the teachers. You don’t pay an employee with low rating higher wages hoping they will bring up their ratings. You expect them to bring up their ratings in order to get the higher wages. If the student’s performances go up, then give the teachers raises. Until then, they don’t deserve the raise. As AZ has been in a major teacher shortage,
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Ducey lowered the bar and approved that teachers no longer need to take the 8-hour AEPA exam and become highly qualified (which was a requirement when I taught). So, you are correct that now there are many people in these positions who aren’t highly qualified. When I went back to school for my masters in education to become a teacher, I was fully informed of the pay scale and moving up on the pay ladder. I knew my first few years may be difficult financially, but eventually, I would be making enough to at least support myself which was fine by me. What I didn’t realize is that they would freeze my salary my first year teaching, and never move me up on the pay scale. Six years later with a masters degree, I was still making the same amount as when I started as a first-year teacher. I kept giving it a chance year after year, thinking eventually they would offer me more. I didn’t want to throw that degree away so fast. I worked full time at a pharma company while taking night classes for close to two years to earn that masters degree…it was a lot of hard work and money. In the end, I had no other option but to leave after 6 years. Teachers are being driven out because of this. It is a huge crisis in our state.