Governor Ducey Calls For Further Investments To Get More Teachers Into Classrooms
PHOENIX — During today’s State of the State address, Governor Ducey highlighted the success of the Arizona Teachers Academy’s in placing more teachers in Arizona’s classrooms and called for increased investments to expand the program.
During the speech, Governor Ducey said:
“Four years ago, I heard what sounded like a really good idea to address the teacher shortage. If someone graduates from an Arizona university, is willing to stay in Arizona, and teach in a public school, why not allow them to graduate debt-free by providing a scholarship?
“So we turned it into reality and launched the Arizona Teachers Academy. Already, 221 students have started moving through the program. This year we plan to significantly expand it: more dollars, more support. We are going to create a pipeline of talent and the next generation of Arizona teachers.”
The initiative, which Governor Ducey launched in September 2017, aims to lift the financial burden of student loan debt off of teachers’ shoulders, making it easier for educators to do their jobs and pursue careers opportunities in Arizona public schools. Already, 221 students have started moving through the program.
During today’s State of the State address, Governor Ducey recognized Fred DuVal as the person who proposed the idea for the Teacher’s Academy. In November, Governor Ducey appointed DuVal as the newest member of the Arizona Board of Regents.
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