It is a disgrace that Arizona pays teachers so little they can't afford to live where they teach. Providing them with 300-square foot shacks to live in is not the solution.

The problem is that Arizona is dead last nationwide in elementary school teacher pay and 49th in the country for secondary school teacher pay. Governor Ducey and the Republican legislators have sabotaged public education by cutting more funding to K-12 public schools than any other state from 2008 to 2015.

The solution is to elect pro-public-education officials like Governor candidate Steven Farley, who would give teachers a 20% pay raise. Farley said the teacher raises would cost $750 million, and funding would come from closing 330 corporate sales tax loopholes that bleed $13.7 billion from the general fund.

It's time to pay teachers like the professionals they are, and not build hovels for underpaid teachers to live in.

Larry Bodine


Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.


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