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Wrap up with Rebecca Rios (access required)

House Minority Leader Rebecca Rios

In her first year as House Democratic leader, Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix, a longtime lawmaker, was hopeful that her caucus could take a rare vote in favor of a GOP-backed budget. But when the budget didn’t go far enough toward investing in Arizona’s teachers, House Democrats held true to their beliefs and their prom-ises, and voted against the budget package.

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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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