By Kate Gottfredson and Megan Gilbertson
Teachers are the single most important in-school factor to raising student achievement. As Arizona’s policymakers wrestle with tough budget decisions, they have expressed concern about how these decisions reflect the ways in which we value our teachers and support teacher pay. As State Rep. Paul Boyer, a teacher himself, recently pointed out, teachers are best supported when their schools recognize the significance of their work and are committed to raising expectations for all learners.
When our lawmakers make the choice to fund what works, high quality schools should continue to have the funding flexibility to make decisions that support great teachers and, in turn, serve the best interests of students.