Arizona ranked among nation’s worst states for teachers


PHOENIX – A personal finance website ranked Arizona as one of the worst states in the country for teachers, citing a high student-teacher ratio and educator turnover.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and Washington, DC, based on 24 metrics and ranked Arizona No.48, continuing a trend that has continued for years.

“Arizona generally ranks in the bottom five for teachers, and I don’t think it’s a surprise here,” said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst. KTAR News 92.3 FM.

Arizona ranked as the worst state for teachers last year and was second to last in 2019.

Gonzalez said the indicators are purely from the perspective of teachers, especially those entering the workforce.

Grand Canyon state has the highest student-teacher ratio with typically around 26 students for each teacher, according to Gonzalez, more than neighboring California and Nevada.

Arizona also has the third-worst school system, based on academics and funding, as well as the third-worst teacher turnover, according to Gonzalez.

“We know that teacher turnover in Arizona has been high for years now because of a lot of these issues,” Gonzalez said.

She said the state is OK for teachers’ salaries when adjusted for the cost of living, but it could be better given the size of the classes and the improved working environment.

“Arizona could use improvements at all levels,” Gonzalez said.

“I hope next year we will see some kind of improvement.”

New Hampshire, Washington, DC, and Maine rank lower than Arizona.

New York, Utah and Washington are considered by the rankings as the best states in the country for teachers.

Griselda Zetino of KTAR News 92.3 FM contributed to this report.


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