Arizona Education Association

Summer 2013

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WHAT IS BEING SAID ABOUT… Arizona Rankings NEA Research collects, maintains, and analyzes data on issues and trends affecting the nation's public education systems and their employees. The data presented in their annual report provide facts about the extent to which local, state, and national governments commit resources to public education. Below are highlights from this year's report, Rankings of the States 2012 and Estimates of School Statistics 2013, for Arizona. For more information on these rankings, visit Student-to-Teacher Ratio AZ • 8th in the Nation 18 to 1 US • 16 to 1 Per-Pupil Spending $6,683 AZ The U.S. average per student expenditure for public elementary and secondary schools in 2011–12 fall enrollment was $10,834. States with the highest per-student expenditures were: New York ($18,616), Vermont ($18,571), New Jersey ($18,485), Alaska ($17,032), and Rhode Island ($16,683). Arizona ($6,683), Utah ($6,849), Nevada ($8,247), Oklahoma ($8,285), and Idaho ($8,323) had the lowest perstudent expenditures. Average Teacher Salaries $10,834 US Summer.13advo.indd 40 The U.S. average public school teacher salary for 2011–12 was $55,418. State average public school teacher salaries ranged from $73,398 in New York to $44,391 in Oklahoma. Salaries are important for attracting, developing, and keeping a top-notch teaching Nation force in place in each zip code, however over the years from 2001-02 through 2011-12, the buying power of teacher salaries has declined 2.8%. $55,418 US 31st in $48,691 AZ 3/18/13 12:03 PM

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