Arizona Teachers Academy
Author: Helios Education FoundationSeptember 27, 2017
Governor Doug Ducey recently announced a new scholarship program to help address a persisting shortage of qualified teachers in classrooms in Arizona. The program, called the Arizona Teachers Academy, provides free tuition at one of the state’s three public universities for every year they teach in the state. The initiative aims to lift the financial burden of student loan debt for teachers, making it easier and more attractive for educators to pursue career opportunities in Arizona public schools.
Arizona is losing more teachers each year than it is producing from its three state universities. This new initiative will help to encourage some of Arizona’s best and brightest to enter the classroom.
As the largest providers of the teacher workforce in the state, Arizona's three public universities as well as our state's community colleges are part of the Arizona Teachers Academy and are offering new and expanded programs and incentives to recruit and train new teachers.
“Helios Education Foundation believes that teachers are a critical component to ensuring that students have the opportunity to thrive and reach their full academic potential,” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO of Helios. “This initiative is an innovative way to get more qualified teachers into classrooms.”
This year was Helios Education Foundation’s inaugural foray into the public policy sphere with the adoption of the Arizona Policy Agenda. From the beginning, Helios supported the creation of the Arizona Teachers Academy as one of four budget priorities outlined in the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget. Incentivizing Arizona college students to teach in Arizona public schools in critical if we are to begin addressing Arizona’s current K-12 teacher shortage. We are pleased to see this priority come to fruition and much appreciate the support of the three universities and their community college partners.
Click here to learn more about the Arizona Teachers Academy.