Governor Doug Ducey, the ice cream man hired by Koch industries to run their Southwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Arizona, self-labels himself, for purely propaganda purposes, as “the education governor.”
The governor’s label would be a joke if his misguided policies did not come with serious and dire consequences for the actual condition of public education in Arizona.
Perhaps the governor should accept responsibility for his policies making Arizona the worst — that’s right, dead last — in public education, as the Republic’s Laurie Roberts describes. Arizona ranks as worst state to be a teacher:
Quick, what is the worst state in which to be a teacher?
If you said Arizona, give yourself a gold star.
WalletHub this week released its annual rankings for the best – and worst – states in which to spend a career in the classroom. The financial services website compared the 50 states and Washington D.C., analyzing 21 key indicators, ranging from income growth potential to class size to safety.
The best states in which to be a teacher: New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut, Pennsylvania.
The worst: Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, Hawaii and finally, down there in our usual spot at the bottom of the barrel, Arizona.
We ranked as one of the states with the highest turnover, the highest student-teacher ratios and the lowest spending per student.
And we ranked as dead last in the number of people expected to be competing for teacher jobs by 2024. Gee, I wonder why.
Lest you think things are looking up, two years ago Arizona ranked 49th overall. Now, we’re 51st.