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Report: AZ Teacher retention, recruitment, pay at crisis levels

A new report paints a bleak picture for the state of teachers in Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A new report paints a bleak picture for the state of teachers in Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Currently, 74 percent of schools administrators questioned for the study report a shortage of teachers. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Currently, 74 percent of schools administrators questioned for the study report a shortage of teachers. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
State lawmakers are debating what kind of raise to give teachers. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) State lawmakers are debating what kind of raise to give teachers. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV) -

Arizona schools are facing a crisis in the classroom.

This is according to a new report released Thursday by ASU's Morrison Institute.

It shows the Grand Canyon State has reached "crisis levels" when it comes to recruiting and retaining teachers.

Currently, 74 percent of schools administrators questioned for the study report a shortage of teachers.

In addition, 42 percent of teachers hired in 2013 left the profession within three years.

When it comes to pay, a big factor in recruiting and retaining teachers, the state doesn't stack up well with others.

[RELATED: Teacher gives latest pay raise low marks]

The Morrison Institute found elementary school teachers here are the lowest paid in the country.

High school pay ranks 48 out of 50 states.

The new report comes as state lawmakers are brokering a deal to boost salaries for teachers.

Senate President Steve Yarbrough says legislators are looking at a 2 percent bump phased in over two years.

The proposal is larger than Gov. Doug Ducey's original offer of 0.4 percent.

A 2 percent raise means about an extra $1,000 a year for someone earning the average salary of roughly $50,000.  

But for teachers who haven't seen significant raises in years, it's not enough.

[READ MORE: Teacher pay nearly unchanged in 4 years]

Activist groups are demanding a 4 percent increase next year.

These groups have put a lot of pressure on the governor and the Legislature to increase teacher pay.

[RELATED: Education group demands better pay for teachers]

Ultimately, it will be resolved in the state budget.

State leaders are close to a deal on a state spending plan, but no word yet on when they will finalize it.

[RELATED: 23 AZ students for every 1 teacher; ratio among country's highest (Aug. 8, 2016)]

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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