Raise Pay for Arizona Teachers

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Teachers in Arizona don’t get paid enough. The average annual teacher salary in the U.S is $56,383 (non-starting). The average annual teacher salary in Arizona is around $45,990. That’s over $10,000 dollars less a year. And that’s not even the lowest amount. Plenty of teachers in Arizona get paid a lot less than that. 

First of all, teachers work all the time. They work at school, the work after school, they work at home, and they work over the summer. They take time out of their own life to make sure that the things they are teaching will help their 100+ students a day. They have anywhere from 4-7 classes to teach a day, with about 25-35 students in each of those classes. They have to teach, assign work, grade work, help tutor kids, and they deal with students who don’t care at all.

Most teachers are married and have kids, or plan to get married and have kids. Teachers have their own lives out of school. Because of their very minimal pay, they can’t even afford their kids educations. They can’t pay for their kids college. Because of all of these things, teachers everywhere are quitting. In the words of my English teacher, teachers “can’t keep affording to be a teacher.” Because teachers are quitting, that makes class sizes bigger, which means less one on one help from teachers, and less time for teachers to teach. It’s impossible to have teachers when their pay is so little. 

With all of this happening, our education system will one day collapse unless we do something about it.

Luckily, we can.

The point of this petition is to try and raise the minimum wages for teachers, and to add more raises for each teacher so that the amount of money they are making at age 30 isn’t the same amount they are making in ten years.

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