As the shortage of honey bees worsens, California growers increasingly rely on bees from Arizona for pollination. We’ll follow an Arizona bee farmer as he readies his “crop” of pollinators for the trip to California. And we’ll hear about the struggle to keep bee populations healthy.
Arizona is facing a teacher shortage, with recruitment of new teachers, retention of old ones and teacher pay at crisis levels. Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute of Public Policy has a new report out on the issue. We’ll hear about it from Dan Huntsman, one of the authors of the report.
The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, the union representing Phoenix police officers, says the shortage of officers is at a “crisis” level. PLEA vice president Britt London will talk about the shortage and what can be done to alleviate it.
In a recent Arizona Department of Education survey, well over half the districts responding reported having teacher vacancies. The report also reveals teachers are leaving Arizona. We’ll see how one first-time teacher faces the challenges of a new job and then Arizona Education Association president Andrew Morrill and Jennifer Johnson, the executive director of Support Our Schools Arizona, will discuss the teacher shortage.
Associate professor Ben Ruddell of Arizona State University’s Polytechnic School wrote a paper detailing the water interdependency of cities in the Phoenix Metro area and the need for Valley cities to work together as water supplies possibly run short. Ruddell will tell us more about his report.
A new Arizona State University report indicates a housing shortage could be coming in the Phoenix area. Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W. P. Carey School of Business, will discuss his new research.
Lower water levels in Lake Mead are expected to trigger a water shortage for 2016. If there is a Colorado River shortage then, no direct impact is expected for cities, residential water users, and Native American Indian Tribes served by the Central Arizona Project. Sandra Fabritz Whitney, Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, and David Modeer, General Manager of the CAP, will discuss the possible water shortage.
Arizona faces one of the nation�s most critical shortages of registered nurses (RNs), according to an Arizona Healthcare Workforce Data Center study that ranks the need for RNs nationwide. Kathy Scott, RN, PhD, regional vice president of Clinical Services for Banner Health joins us to discuss the study, and the shortage of RNs.
Ron Marx, Dean of the University of Arizona College of Education, talks about the report his college has prepared for the upcoming Arizona Town Hall. He also discusses some of the challenges Town Hall participants face as they try to recommend ways Arizona can best recruit and retain quality teachers.