by David Safier
I received this comment on a post I wrote about some of the changes affecting teachers that were thrown in with the latest round of budget cuts.
I'm a teacher in the Tempe Union school district, and I now have my eye on the exit signs because of this. Which I'm sure will please the people who passed this law. The intent is to decimate public education in Arizona, and losing good, experienced teachers will go a long way in making this happen. For me, it's a shame. Other than this, I have my dream job. But I can't risk THIS.
Right now, nationwide cuts to education have tightened the market for teachers, so teachers are like likely to hold onto their jobs. But when more money starts flowing into education and more baby boomer teachers retire, it's going to be a seller's market once again, and teachers will be able to pick and choose. How many of our best teachers will take a pass on Arizona and find jobs in states that aren't so anti-teacher?