Around the state, 150 schools report 1,443 teacher vacancies. You don’t have to be a math grad student to figure out that’s nearly 10 teachers missing per school.
The statistics are from an Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association (ASPAA) survey results confirm.
The survey show about 21% of teacher vacancies across the state this year remain unfilled, and almost half the vacancies are filled by teachers who do not meet the state’s certification requirements.
Arizona teacher pay remains one of the lowest in the country, even with the recent education budget increase.
Laura Elizondo, human resources director of the Avondale Elementary School District, is president of ASPAA. She said teacher shortages in the West Valley reflect the state trend.