ARIZONA NEWS

Teachers will get raises in 2017 if Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey gets his way

Dec 19, 2016, 5:35 AM | Updated: 7:20 am
(AP Photo)...
(AP Photo)
(AP Photo)

PHOENIX — There will be more money invested in education, according to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. That could mean raises for teachers in 2017.

“The most important thing in any school setting is that teacher in the classroom,” Ducey said. “And that principal who leads the schools.”

Ducey’s already appointed a panel that’s calling for an overhaul of the state’s existing k-12 funding structure to increase salaries for teachers.

“We want to see our dollars go into the classroom, beginning at the classroom,” Ducey said.

Some have claimed Arizonan’s wouldn’t mind a tax increase to accomplish that goal, but Ducey disagrees.

“We’re not going to raise taxes in Arizona,” he said. “As you look across the country, the states that are holding the line on taxes and lowering taxes, have their economies growing more quickly.”

Arizona is growing because it’s been a predictable place to do business, Ducey said.

“And with that growing economy, we’ve got an expanding tax base and more dollars available to spend on our teachers and our students,” he said. “And that’s going to the tact I’m going to take.”

Meanwhile, the Governor also responded to the new funding proposal by Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas. The plan would give Arizona’s public schools $680 million to give pay raises to teachers, repair school facilities and buy new school buses.

“We’re looking at our budget proposal, along with what Diane Douglas is recommended and saying where do we have areas of agreement where we can move funding in the right direction.”

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Antonio Raeann (MCSO Mugshot)...
KTAR.com

Glendale woman charged with murder after fatal stabbing of boyfriend

A Glendale woman was arrested on Monday after stabbing her boyfriend multiple times resulting in his death, authorities said.
17 hours ago
(Scottsdale Airport/Facebook Photo)...
SuElen Rivera

Scottsdale Airport to use $5.4M grant to improve capacity issues

Scottsdale Airport will use $5.4 million in federal grant funding to improve its efficiency and capacity, officials announced. 
17 hours ago
The grey 2004 Toyota 4-Runner has a license plate number of "S4A56B." (Peoria Police Department Pho...
KTAR.com

Police seek help finding suspect in carjacking, shooting at Target parking lot in Peoria

Police are seeking a suspect after a man was shot and his vehicle was stolen in a Target parking lot in Peoria on Monday, authorities said.
17 hours ago
(Photo via Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Silver Alert issued for Phoenix woman with cognitive problems

A Silver Alert was issued Wednesday in Phoenix for a missing woman who suffers from cognitive issues.
17 hours ago
(Breeze Airways Photo)...
KTAR.com

Breeze Airways joins Phoenix Sky Harbor lineup with nonstops to Charleston, Provo

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport added another low-fare airline to its roster Wednesday, with Breeze Airways offering nonstop service to South Carolina and Utah beginning in the fall.
17 hours ago
Follow @CorbinCarson...
Sponsored Content by Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?
...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Update your child’s vaccines before kindergarten

So, your little one starts kindergarten soon. How exciting! You still have a few months before the school year starts, so now’s the time to make sure students-to-be have the vaccines needed to stay safe as they head into a new chapter of life.
Teachers will get raises in 2017 if Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey gets his way