BRIEF: Meeting The Needs Of Arizona Students

News Release

October 3, 2019

Arizona school districts continue to meet and exceed teacher pay raises as part of the 20x2020 plan, passed in 2018 to raise teacher pay 20 percent by 2020. The Arizona Republic this morning published an analysis of school districts and charters around the state and how increased dollars for K-12 education, including $470 million targeted for teacher pay raises over the last two years, is increasing teacher salaries. From the story:

The boosts have moved the needle: In the 2017-2018 school year, 272 districts and charters reported average salaries between $30,000 and $40,000. This year, 71 districts reported in that range.

More districts are reporting salaries in the $40,000 to $50,000 range: 364 this year, compared to 280 in 2017-2018.

Nearly 150 schools this year reported average salaries between $50,000 and $60,000 compared to 38 in 2017-2018.

Under the 20x2020 plan, Arizona aimed to provide teachers with 10 percent raises last year, followed by 5 percent raises this school year and an additional 5 percent raises for the 2020-2021 school year. In total, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget added $660 million new dollars for K-12 public schools.

Below are examples of Arizona school districts that are meeting or exceeding the 20x2020 goal this year, building on the salary increases provided last year:

  • Tolleson Union High School District: Tolleson Union High School District will provide 10 percent raises for teachers in FY 2020. 
  • Glendale Union High School District: Glendale Union High School District will provide 6 percent raises for teachers in FY 2020. 
  • Apache Junction Unified School District: Apache Junction Unified will provide 5 percent raises for teachers in FY 2020. 
  • Buckeye Elementary School District: Buckeye Elementary School District will provide 5 percent raises in FY 2020. 
  • Tempe Union High School District: Tempe Union High School District will provide 7 percent raises in FY 2020.
  • Arlington Elementary School District: Arlington Elementary School District will provide 5 percent raises in FY 2020. 
  • Benson Unified School District: Benson Unified School District will provide 5 percent raises in FY 2020. 
  • Chandler Unified School District: Chandler Unified School District will provide 5 percent raises to teachers in FY 2020. 
  • Yuma Union High School District: Yuma Union High School District will provide a 10 percent raise for teachers in FY 2020. 
  • Scottsdale Unified School District: Scottsdale Unified School District will provide a 6 percent raise for teachers in FY 2020. 
  • Camp Verde Unified School District: Camp Verde Unified School District will provide a 6 percent raise for teachers in FY 2020. 
  • Coolidge Unified School District: Coolidge Unified District will provide a 5 percent raise for teachers in FY 2020. 
  • Queen Creek Unified School District: Queen Creek Unified School District will provide a 5 percent raise for teachers in FY 2020. 
  • Mohawk Valley Elementary School District: Mohawk Valley School District approved 5 percent raises for teachers in FY 2020. 
  • Madison School District: Madison School District will provide 7 percent raises for teachers in FY 2020. 
  • Kingman Unified School District: Kingman Unified School District will provide 8 percent raises for teachers in FY 2020. 
  • Florence Unified School District: Florence Unified School District will provide 5 percent raises for teachers in FY 2020.