May 19, 2018

Why 9% Raises for Arizona's Teachers Are No Guarantee

The Arizona School Boards Association offers an explanation.

As schools prepare to let out for summer break, districts are now tasked with deciding how to allocate new dollars from the state into teachers' salaries. Chris Kotterman, director of governmental relations for the Arizona School Boards Association, discussed how decisions can vary among districts, and why not all educators will receive the 9 percent raise touted by the governor's office.

"If you narrowly define it, then there's pretty close to enough money for 9 percent for every teacher. But if you broaden that definition as most districts want to do, … then you start to dilute that money a little bit," Kotterman said.

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