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Why Arizona teachers may not get a paycheck

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The Arizona Department of Education is warning that teachers won't get their paychecks and billions of dollars in government aid could be at risk unless the governor gives officials the money they are requesting.

The budget battle centers on a database system that tracks and distributes over $6 billion in federal and state education funds. 

Department officials said they need $17 million to keep the system up and running, but Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing nothing. 

If the Arizona Department of Education doesn't receive the money by July, Mark Masterson, who runs the IT department, said he won't be able to pay his staff. 

And that means he won't have the manpower to make sure education money is doled out to the state's 230 school districts. 

"The thing about having a zero budget means zero work can get done," Masterson said. "Teachers don't get paid. Districts don't get paid." 

Arizona currently employees over 60,000 public and charter school teachers.

The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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