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Arizona’s public education is not failing; students are making outstanding progress

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As we begin a new year and a new legislative session, we brace for the same tired talking points deployed in order to denigrate Arizona’s education system, portraying our public schools as failing and deplorable. I can no longer let this false narrative go unchallenged. I will say this plainly – Arizona’s K-12 public education is not failing. In fact, Arizona is leading the nation.

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Teaching the teachers to stay in Arizona

A student teacher takes a test at Paradise Valley Community College. The college collaborates with the Paradise Valley School District to mentor students learning to becoming teachers. (Photo by Keerthi Vedantam/Cronkite News)

In a poorly-financed education system, Arizona teachers are battling low salaries, the pressures of mandatory testing and a lack of respect for their profession, making it harder for the state to entice and retain teachers, advocates say. One Paradise Valley mentoring program is trying to grow teachers at home and repair a broken pipeline.

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