AEA President: Arizona Schools Are Not 'Out Of the Woods Yet' Despite Funding Boost
Gov. Doug Ducey’s COVID-19 aid package to schools is appreciated by the Arizona Education Association. But AEA President Joe Thomas says it may not be enough to offset on-going problems happening before the pandemic.
“We still have a teacher shortage and difficulties, particularly in our rural areas in hiring enough qualified people to be in our schools," Thomas said. "So it’s helpful and it’s welcomed. But I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet.”
The aid will help schools with students attending classes online, without losing per-pupil funding. Ducey aims to provide schools with funding for personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and internet broadband in rural communities.