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Arizona businesses value teachers

  Arizona businesses value teachers       Glenn Hamer   April 14, 2018     Governor Doug Ducey last Thursday announced his plan to ensure that Arizona’s teachers receive a 20 percent pay raise by the start of the 2020 school year. His proposal would raise the average annual teacher salary from $48,372 to $58,130.   It’s the…

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A budget built on results

The budget Gov. Doug Ducey proposed earlier this month calls for significant new resources for Arizona’s K-12 education system. It’s a wise investment. No K-12 system in the country has been moving up the achievement charts like ours.

In his State of the State address the governor said, “The most compelling argument for investing in our schools is that they are improving.”

Arizona’s 4th-graders and 8th-graders have made more gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP, also known as the Nation’s Report Card) in math, reading, and science than any other state in the years 2009-2015. If you’re looking for rising achievement, look to Arizona.

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Let’s make a deal

With a major tax reform bill signed into law and the deregulation of the economy in full-swing, this is the time to make progress on some of the major elements of immigration reform and protect and, ultimately, modernize NAFTA so we can lock in a decade or more of 3 percent economic growth or better.

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