The Arizona Capitol Times reports that Arizona House Majority Leader John Allen (R) believes that Arizona’s teachers should lower their salary expectations and look to second jobs in order to supplement their income.
His comments have caused ire among Democratic legislators and public education advocates due to his insinuation that Arizona’s teachers are complainers.
Allen claimed that:
“The idea that we are somehow torturing somebody if they have a second job is just ridiculous. They’re making it out as if anybody who has a second job is struggling. That’s not why many people take a second job. They want to increase their lifestyles,” Allen said, indicating teachers use this extra income to buy boats and bigger homes.”
Allen’s comments came during last Tuesday’s vote on bill SB1042.
SB1042, which passed the House and is on the desk of Gov. Doug Ducey, would allow professionals who are knowledgeable in fields other than teaching to obtain Arizona teaching certification.
Opponents of the bill are concerned this does little to address the state’s teacher shortage and has potential to make a bad situation worse.
Confronted with the fact of low starting salaries for public school teachers, Allen said that people choose their careers knowing whether or not they’ll need a second job to make ends meet.