Arizona is staring at a huge problem in the education sector after leaders refused to invest properly in it. Arizona comes at the bottom of the pile in as far as vital metrics like teachers’ salaries and spending per pupil is concerned. The state of Arizona is facing a shortage of teachers and the situation could get worse soon.
Teachers are leaving the profession due to lack of the necessary economic and general support. Arizona is facing a shortage of 1,328 teachers this year alone, and a majority of these vacancies are being filled by persons who have not met the threshold of all teaching standards.
According to a recent report released by the Morrison Institute of Arizona State University, about 42 percent of all teachers hired in the state in 2013 quit the profession inside three years. About 74% of all school administrators in Arizona that participated in the survey claimed that their institutions were faced with shortage of teachers. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
The survey also realized that an elementary school teacher in Arizona is the least paid in the whole nation. High school teachers in the state also took home the second last pay out of all the 50 states. The report stated that the situation was grave among the rural communities. School administrators based in the rural areas revealed that hiring new teachers was very difficult.
Effects of the End of DACA
Immigrant rights organizations have made reports concerning the ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program having a negative effect on the teaching profession in the U.S. and Arizona in particular.
The program protects youth immigrants from being deported from the U.S. A large number of the DREAMers opted to serve their country by attending school, becoming educators and then working via a two-year permit issued by DACA. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
The educators did this mostly in the schools and communities they got their education. Ending this program will see the United States lose approximately 20,000 educators, a large number of whom are bilingual from March 6, 2018.
In Arizona alone, about 1,000 beneficiaries of DACA are teachers or are employed in education-related posts according to the Migration Policy Institute. It might not seem like they are sufficient but they are part of the educators who return to the schools they schooled in and help in teaching the children despite the limited resources.
The country seems like it is dismissing this great bunch of educators instead of rewarding them. This will have detrimental effects on the students as well as this is not the way investing in the future or education is done.
About Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was established by journalists Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey to offer support to Arizona-based migrant rights organizations. The duo received $3.75 million as settlement for being wrongfully arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on October 18, 2007.
The duo was arrested at night after they revealed that there were grand jury proceedings against the Sheriff. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund supports organizations that advocate for human, civil and migrant rights as well as civic participation and freedom of speech in Arizona.