Office of Education

#20x2020 In Action

June 5, 2018

Sunday’s Arizona Republic detailed what the #20x2020 plan means for teachers across the state for the 2018 school year.

Key takeaways of their reporting:

  • “Nearly all of the 46 Arizona school districts tallied by The Arizona Republic that have announced proposals call for giving teachers average raises that are upwards of 10 percent next school year.”
  • “School districts are not only delivering on 10 percent teacher raises, most are also giving raises to other employees, such as bus drivers, janitors, nurses, administrators and educators who were not calculated into the state money.”
  • “School districts that had previously committed to giving their teachers raises — before the teacher-led #RedForEd movement changed the course of state budget discussions — are deciding to dole out even more money. The pay stubs for teachers in these districts, such as the Washington Elementary and Tempe Union school districts, will look drastically different next school year. Some individual teachers will see pay bumps as high as nearly 20 percent.
  • “In Washington Elementary School District, for example, a 25-year teacher with a master's degree will make $60,822 in the 2018-19 school year after making $50,412 this year, according to Justin Wing, the district's human resources director. The raise for this level of teacher amounts to just over 20 percent.”
  • “Chuck Essigs, lobbyist for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials and longtime school finance official, said the pay-raise plans that have been announced by districts so far "would be the most significant increases that teachers have received in any year that I can remember."

Read the full report HERE.