Education Cliff Arizona is on the precipice of an educational cliff. Schools are unable to fill many teacher vacancies with certified teachers and rely on long-term subs, or teachers with emergency and alternative pathway certifications to fill the gaps. Teachers are leaving for salaries as much as 75% higher. As many Arizona educators near retirement age, there are not qualified teachers to replace them. This podcast series explores Arizona's education issues and the role of community colleges and other organizations seeking to correct them. This podcast series is supported by The Family Foundation, Rio Salado College and Intel.
Education Cliff

Education Cliff

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Arizona is on the precipice of an educational cliff. Schools are unable to fill many teacher vacancies with certified teachers and rely on long-term subs, or teachers with emergency and alternative pathway certifications to fill the gaps. Teachers are leaving for salaries as much as 75% higher. As many Arizona educators near retirement age, there are not qualified teachers to replace them. This podcast series explores Arizona's education issues and the role of community colleges and other organizations seeking to correct them. This podcast series is supported by The Family Foundation, Rio Salado College and Intel.

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Before Arizona can fix its teacher recruitment issues, they have to address an even bigger problem: the fact that almost half of all teachers quit within three years. Some leave to teach in states with higher salaries, while others leave the profession entirely. While community organizations can't fix the pay or funding, they can support early-career teachers and give them the resources they need in order to stay. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Episode 1: Where Have All The Teachers Gone?

Arizona's schools are in trouble. Why? They can't recruit enough teachers, and often, they can't retain the ones they do hire. Many classrooms are led by teachers with emergency certification. A large number of teachers are nearing retirement age — and there isn't a corps of qualified replacements lined up. In a state that ranks near the bottom for per-pupil spending, nonprofits and community colleges are the only things keeping Arizona's kids from falling off the education cliff. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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