THE MEDIA: Speech.
WHO SAID IT: Doug Ducey.
TITLE: Arizona governor.
THE COMMENT: “Since fiscal year 2015, school districts have increased their investment in teacher salaries by 9 percent.”
THE FORUM: Jan. 8 State of State Address.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT: Whether Arizona school districts have increased spending on teacher salaries by 9 percent since July 1, 2015.
BOTTOM LINE: Total spending on compensation — salaries and benefits — increased 9 percent, according to the Arizona School Boards Association research and AZ Fact Check’s analysis of the Department of Education numbers.
While the state’s average teacher pay ranks lowest in the nation, it has increased with the addition of Prop. 123 money.
This increase in overall spending does not translate directly to salary increases, which is how some will interpret Ducey’s statement. With the additional money, overall teacher salaries increased just 4.6 percent because a portion of that money was also spent to hire new teachers.
THE FINDING: Four stars: True
Read the analysis at azcentral.com