Office of Education

Word on the Street: School Districts "Delivering" on Teacher Raises

June 11, 2018

PHOENIX — On May 3rd, Governor Doug Ducey signed the fiscal year 2019 executive budget, which included 20 percent raises for teachers as part of the #20x2020 plan. The credit for this bipartisan effort, which received support from Democrats and Republicans, goes to teachers and education champions.

One month out, school districts across the state have been proposing and approving raises for Arizona teachers.

Here’s what they’re saying about the teacher pay raises school districts have planned for the upcoming school year —

Arizona Republic: “Some Individual Teachers Will See Pay Bumps As High As Nearly 20%.” “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...Some individual teachers will see pay bumps as high as nearly 20 percent.” (Ricardo Cano, “Pay Raises For Teachers, Staff Vary Across Arizona School Districts After #RedForEd,” Arizona Republic, 06/03/18)

School Districts Announce Raises “Upwards Of 10 Percent.” “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.” (Ricardo Cano, “Pay Raises For Teachers, Staff Vary Across Arizona School Districts After #RedForEd,” Arizona Republic, 06/03/18)

School Districts “Giving Raises To Other Employees.” “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.” (Ricardo Cano, “Pay Raises For Teachers, Staff Vary Across Arizona School Districts After #RedForEd,” Arizona Republic, 06/03/18)

“The Most Significant Increases That Teachers Have Received.” “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.’” (Ricardo Cano, “Pay Raises For Teachers, Staff Vary Across Arizona School Districts After #RedForEd,” Arizona Republic, 06/03/18)

Payson Roundup: “Teacher’s Receive Significant Bump From Governor’s Budget.” “Before the final bell rang on the school year, teachers in the Payson Unified School District learned that on average they’ll get a pay boost of nearly 13 percent, thanks to the just-adopted state budget.” (Michele Nelson, “Teacher’s Receive Significant Bump From Governor’s Budget,” Payson Roundup, 06/05/18)

Arizona Public Media:“Marana, Other Districts, To Go Beyond 9% Teacher Raises.” “Marana, Sahuarita and Altar Valley school districts are giving teachers more than the 9 percent raise the state planned for...Sahuarita and Altar Valley School Districts are giving teachers a 10 percent pay raise. Marana Unified School District is giving all teachers and support staff the same raise of 10 percent. (Brandon Mejia, “Marana, Other Districts, To Go Beyond 9% Teacher Raises,” Arizona Public Media, 05/18/18)

“Everyone Is Going To Benefit From This.” “‘We were able to take that additional funding and devote it to salaries, as opposed to diverting it to facilities or other infrastructure-type projects, said Carlson [president of the district governing board]. ‘Everyone is going to benefit from this.’” (Brandon Mejia, “Marana, Other Districts, To Go Beyond 9% Teacher Raises,” Arizona Public Media, 05/18/18)

Tucson Local Media: “Unprecedented Change For Education In Arizona.” “‘While it has been the greatest privilege to work in public education for the last 37 years, this particular year has seen unprecedented change for education in Arizona,’ said Dr. Doug Wilson, Superintendent of the Marana Unified School District.” (“Marana Unified School District Announces Widespread Salary Increases,” Tucson Local Media, 05/18/18)

KYMA:“YUHSD Board Approves Raises For Classified And Certified Staff.” “The Yuma Union High School District Governing Board approved the 2018-19 employee compensation packet as well as raises for both classified and certificated staff on Wednesday. All certificated staff members will receive a 12 percent pay increase, when factoring in funds from Proposition 301.” (Elly Morillo, “YUHSD Board Approves Raises For Classified And Certified Staff,” KYMA, 05/10/18)

12 News:“School Boards Are Indeed Approving Raises For Teachers That Go Beyond The Projected 10 Percent.” “We checked the numbers to verify whether school boards are indeed approving these raises for teachers that go beyond the projected 10 percent. We can verify that’s accurate.” (12 News, 06/07/18)

Today's News Herald: “Havasu Schools Bringing Back Physical Education, Arts.” “The Lake Havasu Unified School District is planning to hire teachers to expand the programs at its six elementary campuses. The plan is a result of Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision to spend more on education, said Superintendent Diana Asseier. (David Louis, “Havasu Schools Bringing Back Physical Education, Arts,” Today’s News Herald, 06/06/18)

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