Worst states for teachers, 2019

Oct. 7, 2019
Rankings from the WalletHub website say that Arizona is least friendly state for teachers to work in 2019

Arizona is the worst state in 2019 for teachers to work, the WalletHub website says.

WalletHub came up with the rankings by comparing 51 jurisdictions—the 50 states and the District of Columbia—based on 23 key indicators of teacher-friendliness—from teachers’ income growth potential to pupil-teacher ratio to teacher safety.

States were received scores on a 100-point scale. Arizona received 33.95 points.

Arizona achieved the lowest score by ranking 51st in pupil-teacher ratio and 50th in annual salaries (adjusted for inflation).

Low pay was one of the key factors that prompted teachers in Arizona to stage a statwide strike in 2018.

The indicators that WalletHub uses to compute its rankings fall into one of two overall categories—opportunity and competition (70 possible points), and academic and work environment (30 possible points).

"Because competitive salaries and job security are integral to a well-balanced personal and professional life, we assigned a heavier weight to the first category," WalletHub says.

Here is the 2019 list of the 10 least teacher-friendly states.

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