Phoenix, Ariz. – September 28, 2015 – In a new ranking of the nation’s best and worst states to be a public school teacher, Arizona ranks third from the bottom among all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The rankings by WalletHub, an online personal finance information clearinghouse, are based on public education investment and teacher salary statistics from 2014-15.
“With strained budgets inflating classroom sizes and stagnating teacher pay, it’s no wonder Arizona teachers are fleeing the profession and leaving our schools with a shortage of teachers and experience,” stated Julie Erfle, executive director of ProgressNow Arizona.
The WalletHub ranking points out that Arizona has one of the highest pupil-to-teacher ratios and the lowest spending per student.
“The future of hundreds of thousands of Arizona students as well as the economic future of our state is at risk,” stated Erfle. “The time is now to switch course and put funding for our educators and schools at the top of our legislative priority list.”