"If you are a single person trying to make it on what we make, you couldn't do it," Milich said. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Elisabeth Milich said she posted her expected salary for next year and says it's not enough. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Gov. Doug Ducey was met by protesting teachers on Monday outside the KTAR studio where he gave an interview. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (KTVK/Meredith) -- A teacher in Arizona posted her salary on social media to raise the question: Is it enough?
Elisabeth Milich has been a teacher for several years and works in Paradise Valley. She recently posted on Facebook about teacher pay and she included a picture of what she is projected to make in the next year, which is just more than $35,600.
“The reality is without my husband’s income I could NEVER be an educator in this state!” she wrote. “I’m sad for my single mom teacher friends working three jobs to make ends meet! Something must be done.”
After posting her salary online, some suggested the amount she shared in the viral post was misleading -- but Milich said that's not the case.
"It has been brought to my attention that the issue date says 1998...this is NOT a pay stub from then... that is the date my teaching certificate was issued and I graduated from college! I assure you this is my salary for next year!!!"
During a radio interview at KTAR studio, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said the money available for teacher pay has increased in recent years.
"Our teacher pay last year went up 4.4 percent to an average pay of $48,000. Now, that's not enough and I want to see it rise from there," Gov. Ducey said.
Milich takes issue with this claim, saying the teachers that have been in Arizona and teaching for several years make far less than that and many are forced to take on a second or third job to pay bills.
Milich says she hopes that something is done to better fund education and better pay for teachers.
Ducey also said that 80 percent of the new spending in the state budget is going to K-12 educations.
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