2013 Teacher Workforce Survey

Tucson Values Teachers has always known that teachers work long hours for little salary and support. Until now, there has not been regional data available to back this up. TVT's 2013 Teacher Workforce Survey is the first major study to address this issue and paint a true picture of teachers' lives and the stark reality of a diminishing workforce and embattled profession.

From September 27 to October 14, 2013, 1,644 educators across Southern Arizona completed the Teacher Workforce Survey. The results of the survey confirm and reveal alarming statistics about today's teachers.

The survey reveals a lot of what we anecdotally already knew, but also some real evidence that we are facing a critical teacher workforce issue. We are losing our most seasoned and educated teachers to both retirement and unhappiness and unfortunately, we aren't seeing a pipeline of young educators lasting more than just a few years. From the data, it isn't hard to see why. Our teachers are making small salaries, while working more than 60 hours a week and paying for basic supplies out of their own pockets. In fact, the survey found that teachers spend on average more than $1,000 per year on classroom-related expenses out of their own pockets.

This issue is of utmost importance to Southern Arizona. There is no one more important to our community than teachers. They help mold and guide us into who we will become as adults, business leaders and community champions. Unfortunately, they are also the most under-recognized and underfunded of all professionals. It's no secret Arizona's funding of K-12 education is weak. Year after year, the U.S. Census Bureau ranks the state near the bottom nationally.

The snapshot painted by these data serve as a strong wake-up call to the region to join forces and do everything possible to raise respect for the profession and try and ease the economic burdens teachers face in trying to keep our kids and classrooms supplied and ready to learn. We are calling on the community to step up and make a difference.

TVT will conduct this in-depth survey and analysis annually as a means of tracking our progress in the community. Our goal is to change the culture of how teachers and the teaching profession are viewed, and to educate and engage residents in fostering an education-first community. Community members and business leaders can join the fight to Respect, Reward, and Invest in our teachers through the Tucson Supports Teachers Fund, a fund that directly supports teachers through TVT programming, including free professional development and school supplies for all area classrooms.

You can join these efforts by making a donation today to the Tucson Supports Teachers Fund.

A few highlights from the survey:

  • Only 6% of teachers are completely satisfied with their job while the majority is neutral.
  • Only 33% of teachers say that they are "very likely" to still be teaching in Southern Arizona in five years.
  • 40% of teachers are "not likely" to recommend their profession to others.
  • Teachers spend on average more than $1,000 per year on classroom-related expenses out of their own pockets.
  • The average full-time teacher works more than 60 hours a week on classroom instruction, preparation, grading outside of class and other required duties.
  • Nearly 33% of all teachers have an additional paying job outside of the classroom.

Click here to view the Executive Summary of the 2013 Teacher Workforce Survey.

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