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Teacher Pay
“Arizona teachers are the biggest difference-makers in the lives of Arizona’s children, and we need to reward them for their hard work —  this plan does that through a 20 percent pay increase by school year 2020. We are also making significant investments in Arizona classrooms in a responsible and sustainable way. We will never stop our commitment to improving Arizona’s public education system because when it comes to our kids, we must never stop working for them.”
-Governor Ducey, April 2018


On April 12, 2018, Governor Doug Ducey announced that he is continuing investments in Arizona’s education system by increasing teacher salaries 20 percent by the beginning of the 2020 school year. This initiative is in addition to his plan to fully restore recession-era cuts over the next five years — all without raising taxes while maintaining Arizona’s balanced budget.

To start, the governor’s FY2019 teacher pay increase will be boosted to nine percent. This in combination with the pay increase in FY2018 will result in a total 10 percent increase for FY2019, effective at the start of the 2018 school year this fall. Additional 5 percent increases will be made the next two years to achieve a net 20 percent increase by the 2020 school year

This plan builds on the governor’s proposal to invest $371 million in District Additional Assistance and Charter Additional Assistance, phased-in over the next five years. An initial investment of $100 million will be made in FY2019. These dollars provide flexibility to school districts for investment in resources including fixing school infrastructure, modernizing curriculum, school buses and updating classroom technologies.
For more details on the plan click HERE.

Teacher Pay

Arizona teachers are some of the biggest difference-makers in the lives of children. They deserve to not only be respected for their hard work -- but also rewarded. That’s why we have a plan to provide teachers in Arizona a 20% pay increase by school year 2020. The education community supports this plan because it also makes significant NEW investments in K-12 education -- with flexible dollars for superintendents and principals to use for building improvements, new textbooks, technology or additional raises for support staff.

Here’s how it will work:

  • 10% pay raise for teachers by the start of the fall 2018 school year;
  • A 5% pay raise in 2019;
  • And another 5% pay raise in 2020. 


What does this mean? Today, the average teacher pay in Arizona is $48,372. With this plan, it will increase to $52,725 by the new school year this fall. By the beginning of the 2020 school year, the average teacher pay for our teachers will be $58,130.

If you agree that Arizona’s teachers deserve a 20% raise, co-sign the plan HERE.

Investing in our teachers and public schools is our top budget priority. Arizona has done big things before, and with your help, we can do it again.

SUPPORT

Arizona Rural Schools Association
Arizona JTED Consortium
Diane Douglas, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Vail School District
Dr. Sally Downey, Evit Superintendent 
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Arizona Chamber Of Commerce Statement On Gov. Ducey's Teacher Pay Increase Proposal
Chambers Of Commerce Across Arizona Support Governor Ducey's 20x2020 Plan
AZ Big Media: Arizona Technology Council Supports Ducey’s Education Plan
ICYMI: Arizona Hospital And Healthcare Association Statement On Gov. Ducey's Teacher Pay Increase Proposal

NEWS

Governor Doug Ducey Announces Teacher Pay Increase
Governor Ducey Proposes 20% Teacher Pay Raise
KVOA: Governor Ducey Proposes A Teacher Pay Raise
KOLD: Governor Ducey Proposes Teacher Raise Plan
3TV: Governor Ducey Makes Announcement About Teacher Pay
The Guardian: Arizona's Republican governor says he's willing to fund 20% pay rise for teachers 
12 News: Educators are encouraged but skeptical about Gov. Ducey's new pay plan 

Daily Miner: Gov. Ducey unveils plan to get teachers pay hikes over next 3 years 
Phoenix Business Journal: Poll: Arizona Voters Approve Of Ducey's 20% Teacher Pay Raise
What They Are Saying: The 20x2020 Plan
KJZZ: Arizona Education Groups Announce Support Of Governor's Pay Raise Plan
KTAR: Ducey Has Voters’ Support For His Plan To Raise Teacher Pay, Poll Shows
ICYMI: Chambers Of Commerce Across Arizona Support Governor Ducey's 20x2020 Plan
Cronkite News: Business And Education Groups Show Support For Governor Ducey's Teacher Pay Plan
ICYMI: Arizona Chamber Of Commerce Statement On Gov. Ducey's Teacher Pay Increase Proposal
AZ Big Media: Arizona Technology Council Supports Ducey’s Education Plan

RESOURCES

 20x2020 Plan
Key Facts
Support 20x2020: Co-Sign the Plan

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