Arizona’s Prop 123 will pump $3.5 billion into schools over the next 10 years but will it help teacher shortages? It might – but it will take a while. It is not as if people change their majors in college immediately because pay increased.
Tuscon still has 160 openings but the money is helping. Teachers recruitment is getting better – but they still have shortages.
One of the issues is that the entire US system for producing educators is way down – so salary changes in one state end up pulling teachers from other states.
Things don’t actually change until we get more people actually interested in teaching again. And that takes a lot of work – work that we do every day.