Arizona still struggles with large class sizes

(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Most of the attention on Arizona's education woes has centered on the issue of teacher pay.

Even with Gov. Ducey's promise of a 20 percent raise over the next two years, teachers will still take home less money than most of their peers across the country.

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However, there are other issues plaguing public schools.

One of the most pressing is size, specifically classroom size.

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Dan Hunting with ASU's Morrison Institute spends a lot of time looking at the data and education numbers.

He says Arizona ranks at the bottom in the nation when it comes to the ratio of students to teachers.

According to his calculations, there are roughly 23 students for every teacher. That's higher than the national average that Hunting says stands at 16 to 1.

The issue can frustrate parents and educators and fuel education issues, like the ongoing shortage of certified teachers.

"Teachers get very frustrated by the lack of support they are feeling and part of that is classroom size," Hunting said.

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