TUSD reporting fewer teacher vacancies for 2018-2019 school year

Red for Ed pays off

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson Unified School District reports it had 81 teacher vacancies on the first day of school compared to 120 last year.

Whether the pay raises given to teachers as a result of the #redfored movement last Spring has anything to do with the d rop, is not yet clear.

TUSD Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo said it's too early to tell. He said the district would need to conduct a long term study, year to year, to determine if the raises had an impact but added it's something he would like to do.

The 81 vacancies is fewer than one teacher per school, which Trujillo called a first.

Teachers in Arizona staged a week long walk out last April demanding a pay raise over and above the 1 percent proposed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.

The final agreement called for a 20 percent raise by 2020.

Trujillo said in his discussions with teachers, some who planned on leaving decided to stay after the raises were announced.

He also said teachers in other districts moved into TUSD which has not happened in the recent past.

Still, the district is far from whole according to Trujillo, who applauded the raises and staffing levels, but he said the goal is zero vacancies,

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