ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona schools chief says she will address teacher shortage, workload

Nov 13, 2018, 3:13 PM
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — Kathy Hoffman, the newly elected superintendent of public instruction for Arizona, will not be sworn into her new position until January, but she is already making a list of the issues that she will address once she gets there.

Hoffman, in an interview with KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mac & Gaydos on Tuesday, said she will prioritize addressing the state’s ongoing teacher shortage, overgrowing classroom sizes and burdening teacher workload once she is sworn into office.

“I will be elevating the voices of our teachers. They will be included in policy discussions moving forward,” Hoffman said.

“One thing we need to be looking closely at is the teacher shortage. We need to be looking at how can we reduce classroom sizes…and to do that we need to address the teacher shortage,” she added.

“We need to also be examining the teachers’ workload, because when we have teachers with 30 or 40 or more students and they are just drowning in work, that’s hugely contributing to why they won’t want to return to the profession, why they might leave the state if their workload is unmanageable, because teachers want to do right by their students, and if you feel like you’re not able to manage that because your workload is so huge that’s something else we need to be examining.”

Hoffman was called as the winner in the superintendent of public instruction race over Republican Frank Riggs on Monday, nearly a week after the Nov. 6 election took place.

Hoffman, who had been a speech therapist in the Peoria School District, won the race over the experienced politician by more than 54,000 votes when the election was called. She is the first Democrat to hold the job since 1995.

Riggs conceded the race earlier Tuesday, congratulating her in a Facebook post, but pointed to a “well-funded and orchestrated turnout effort that reversed the Election Day results.”

Hoffman said she had not gotten a call from Riggs, but added that she would like to hear from him to thank him for a hard-fought election.

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

(Facebook Photo/Brophy College Preparatory)...
Associated Press

Brophy College Prep in Phoenix reports widespread cheating

The principal of Brophy College Preparatory says the prestigious private Phoenix high school has learned of “widespread even pervasive” cheating in its all-male student body.
1 day ago
Clouds pass over drought-stricken Lake Mead on May 10, 2022 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Ar...
Associated Press

Tucson willing to take 20% less water to help Lake Mead shortage

The Tucson City Council included its potential willingness to take 20% less CAP water to keep more in the reservoir.
1 day ago
(Facebook photo / State Farm Stadium)...
Associated Press

Glendale adopts new short-term rental regulations ahead of Super Bowl

Glendale has preemptively adopted rules regulating short-term rental properties before the city welcomes visitors for the 2023 Super Bowl.
1 day ago
(Pexels photo)...
KTAR.com

Arizona sees significant jobs increase in April, per employment report

The state of Arizona saw a 13,100 jobs increase in the month of April, according to the Arizona Commerce Authority's monthly report.
1 day ago
(Pexels photo)...
KTAR.com

Rio Salado’s Dental Clinic offering free dental work to Arizona’s veterans on Saturday

Arizona's veterans can receive free dental cleanings, dentures, fillings, oral surgery and crowns Saturday at Rio Salado’s Dental Clinic.
1 day ago
A 9mm pistol build kit with a commercial slide and barrel with a polymer frame is displayed during ...
KTAR.com

Felon from Arizona convicted of firearm, ammo possession, including ‘ghost gun’

An Arizona felon was found guilty of illegally possessing over 20 firearms, including a “ghost gun,” and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Arizona Division of Problem Gambling

Arizona Division of Problem Gambling provides exclusion solution for young sports bettors

Sports betting in Arizona opened a new world to young adults, one where putting down money on games was as easy as sending a text message.
...
Dr. Richard Carmona

Have you gotten your booster shot?

Do you remember when you got your last COVID-19 vaccination? If it has been more than five months since you completed your primary vaccination series, it’s time for you to get your booster. You may be eligible even sooner depending which vaccine you received. If you are over the age of 50 and received your […]
...
DAY & NIGHT AIR CONDITIONING, HEATING AND PLUMBING

In Sonoran heat, prevent costly AC repairs with an annual tune-up

As winter has finally passed and the days are becoming warmer, now is a good time to be sure your AC unit is polished and ready to run.
Arizona schools chief says she will address teacher shortage, workload