Diane Douglas calls for more taxes to support pay raises for teachers
Jan. 25, 2018
Arizona’s top education official is making the case for higher taxes in order to adequately pay the state’s teachers, contradicting Gov. Doug Ducey’s claim that such action is not necessary.
State Superintendent Diane Douglas says that while test scores are improving among students, they may not remain positive if schools aren’t staffed with quality teachers.
“We need great teachers… who are not just well-prepared in their craft but also well-prepared in their content,” Douglas says.
The challenge of attracting teachers to work in public schools in Arizona when they are going to receive one the worst teacher salaries in the country is an issue Douglas plans to focus on, but believe it won’t change in the current environment.
Douglas has proposed a few ideas on some new streams of revenue. Though in the past she has opposed the use of a sales tax, the superintendent is in favor of renewing Prop 301, an education sales tax that is set to expire in 2020. Douglas also wants to implement an excise tax which has shown to be successful in other states.