FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (KSAZ) - Arizona, according to many surveys, ranks near the bottom when it comes to teacher pay, an issue that has been highlighted in recent weeks, as the topic of education is at the forefront of national debates.
Despite Arizona Governor Ducey saying he will work on the state's education issue, one teacher says low pay, and concern for the quality of education, will force him to look elsewhere for work.
Jeff Taylor is one of the most popular teachers at Flagstaff High, and was the 2014 Coconino Teacher of the Year, among the top five in the state. Taylor teachers AP Chemistry and Environmental Science, and is the school's AP department chair. He also has a master's degree in Zoology.
Taylor, however, makes $44,700 a year, and he says the salary has not moved in a decade. By leaving, Taylor says he knows he is sending a clear message to lawmakers at the State Capitol.
Taylor, who is from Washington state, is taking his family back to the northwest.
FOX 10's Matt Rodewald reports.