As the politics of education has brought several reforms to Arizona in recent years, some of them revolutionary, educators say teachers have been fleeing the state, the profession, or to better paying jobs in more affluent districts.
Research says that the quality of teaching is the No. 1 influence on the learning of children and will either advance them or hold them back. The Education Trust, a national research and advocacy organization says, “The caliber of teachers drives student success.”
Arizona women in a position to influence public policy in education are passionate about the programs they oversee and the students they guide, but inevitably it all comes down to money.
Lawmakers and representatives from the education community clashed over funding for Arizona's public education during a forum Oct. 20 at a downtown restaurant. Rep. Rich Crandall, a Mesa Republican, said he was taking the position as a "realist" and warned that cuts to education are inevitable next year given the size of the state's budget deficit.