Arizona Daily Wildcat Online
sections
Front Page
News
Opinions
· Columnists
Sports
· Men's Hoops
Go Wild
Live Culture
Police Beat
Datebook
Comics
Crossword
Special Sections
Photo Spreads
Classifieds
The Wildcat
Letter to the Editor
Wildcat Staff
Search
Archives
Job Openings
Advertising Info
Student Media
Arizona Student Media Info
UATV -
Student TV
 
KAMP -
Student Radio
The Desert Yearbook
Daily Wildcat Staff Alumni

Governor targets prof, teacher retention


By Andrea Kelly
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Print this

PHOENIX - Gov. Janet Napolitano announced April 4 plans to create a committee on teacher quality and support, which she hopes will help alleviate teacher retention problems in Arizona schools and universities.

The committee, which Napolitano said would be chaired by Northern Arizona University President John Haeger, will research and advise ways to "attract, train and retain" teachers in the state.

Retention has been a problem and a focus at the UA for the past few years. A phenomenon referred to as "brain drain" has drawn Arizona professors to other universities with higher salaries.

Last year, the UA received $4.3 million from its $15 million request from the Legislature to combat the problem, most of which was used by college deans, said Greg Fahey, UA lobbyist.

Napolitano said the universities' roles in the governor's committee are to better train teachers as they enter the work force.

"We know that high-quality teachers have more impact on student achievement than just about anything else," Napolitano said.

Haeger said one of his goals was to train teachers in much-needed areas, including mathematics and science. He said the state universities could do more to combat this problem and continuing education is critical.

While universities will train many students before they become teachers, Napolitano said community colleges have a role to play in the continuing education of teachers.

They will hopefully be more active in updating teachers' educations throughout their careers.

"Providing teachers with the tools and support to be the best they can be will go a long way toward making Arizona a place where schools are the greatest in the nation," Napolitano said.

Napolitano said she created this committee in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week and hopes it will strengthen Arizona's schools.



Write a Letter to the Editor
articles
Best of the best sit on stage during ceremonies
divider
Top seniors move on to brighter futures
divider
Getting ready for graduation
divider
Seniors get ready for graduation, goodbye
divider
Three profs retiring
divider
Seniors bid farewell to UA favorites
divider
Graduating seniors will miss college lifestyle
divider
No class gift this year: cell phones, Alumni Plaza to blame
divider
Job outlook looking bright for graduates
divider
ASUA wants Flutter Fetti, not tortillas
divider
Gifts for grads vary, pricey
divider
Debts come and go
divider
Grads move on to bigger places
divider
Top stories of the year
divider
Top crime stories of the year
divider
Year sees tuition hikes, budget reallocations
divider
Campus a work in progress
divider
Students to vote on Rec Center expansion
divider
Governor targets prof, teacher retention
divider
Police Beat
divider
Datebook
divider
Restaurant and Bar Guide
Housing Guide
Search for:
advanced search Archives

NEWS | SPORTS | OPINIONS | GO WILD
CLASSIFIEDS | ARCHIVES | CONTACT US | SEARCH



Webmaster - webmaster@wildcat.arizona.edu
Copyright 2005 - The Arizona Daily Wildcat - Arizona Student Media