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Prop 123 does not guarantee teacher raises

Arizona teachers may not get a raise under Prop 123.

Supporters like Governor Doug Ducey said the extra dollars would go to classrooms and teachers. However, one state official says that’s not guaranteed.

“The dollars that schools will be receiving are free for them to use as they see fit,” said Charles Tack, a spokesman for the State Department of Education.

“For school districts, it starts with their governing boards — when they take a look at the budgets and how that extra money can be applied,” he said. “I don’t know that it’s safe to say that every teacher will get a raise. But, we have heard that many districts are planning to offer teachers additional compensation.”

Tack added many rural districts have other needs than giving teachers raises. For example, some school districts need new transportation for students.

“You can have the best teacher in the world,” he said. “But if the student never arrives at school, that teacher can’t make a difference for that student.”

Prop 123 withdraws a larger percentage of interest from the state land trust over the next 10 years.

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