THINK ABOUT IT EDITORIAL: Issues with Arizona schools

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is commentary by Joe Hengemuehler, Vice President and General Manager of KOLD News 13. Viewers with responsible opposing views are welcome to respond by clicking HERE.

We have been showing you the disturbing video of violence in a local elementary school classroom, and it is not the only problem we see.

The video shows children screaming as two girls circle a desk. The two can be seen in another video, where one girl is holding a pair of scissors and an adult sits in the background, not doing anything.

The Tucson Unified School District said it fired the long-term substitute who was in charge. The violence is bad enough. But TUSD's having to rely on long-term substitutes only underscores the problems we have in Arizona about hiring teachers.

Schools should not have to rely on long-term substitutes, but that can only change if we get serious in this state about increasing teacher pay.

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