In the news: Scottsdale schools lose 30% of their teachers

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June 20, 2022
Dolores Tropiano

Scottsdale Unified School District has lost nearly one-third of its teachers since 2021. District data, compiled between January 2021 and May 2022, indicates that 449 teachers and instructional staff have exited. The majority of departures were resignations followed by retirements.

Despite these numbers, Brent Maddin, executive director of the Next Education Workforce initiative at Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, is not convinced that the teacher shortage is the root problem.

“That’s certainly real,” Maddin told the Scottsdale Independent. “But I think that if we really start to get to the root causes, I actually worry that we have a workforce design problem.”

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