If Arizonans want talented and effective teachers in classrooms with our kids, then we must understand this group of professionals as a workforce and take steps to retain them in the same way we seek out and support other industries.
A newly released survey of Southern Arizona educators shows critical teacher attraction and retention issues, with many reporting low job satisfaction, feeling underappreciated and having to take second jobs.
Local teachers received supplies collected by Tucson Medical Center employees during the Tucson Supplies Teachers drive last year. The 2012 campaign, which begins tomorrow, seeks to collect $125,000 in school supplies.
School is about to start and kids and parents aren't the only ones shopping for supplies. According to the nonprofit Tucson Values Teachers, teachers throughout the city will spend an average of $500 each of their own money for pencils, pens, notebooks, tissues and other classroom necessities.