Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
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Victory for Arizona Teachers After Walkouts

Victory for Arizona Teachers After Walkouts

Joe Thomas, who heads the Arizona Education Association, the state's main teachers' association, wants not just more money but a new dedicated revenue stream.

Arizona teachers appeared ready to head back to their classrooms after the governor signed a budget bill Thursday that will pump more money into schools and give teachers the first of what should be two pay raises.

Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled state legislature worked through the night to pass the $10.4 billion budget, while outside, hundreds of red-clad teachers rallied overnight, local media reported. Like Ducey, they argued that the funds for ongoing teacher pay is a major step forward from past teacher raises, starting with a 9 percent raise next year and culminating with a net 20 percent raise by 2020.

"The hard work we've done with budgeting in the Legislature over the past few years helped put us in a position to provide funding for unprecedented pay raises for our outstanding teachers, without raising taxes". It was the largest teachers' strike in USA history and has kept most of state's 1.1 million public school students out of class.

Helen Hoffman, a counselor in the Phoenix Union High School District, said she was "excited" about the end of the strike.

With comparisons to the Arab Spring revolts that swept a wave of democratization in the Middle East and North Africa in 2010, the teacher strikes of 2018 are empowering educators to take their fights for salary hikes and increases in education funding to the streets. He said it was "goofy" to think that anyone was stalling the process.

"I'm anxious about my students".

The Scottsdale Unified School District in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale announced less than an hour later that its schools will reopen Friday.

"It's middle-schoolers, so it's a tough age. No, because they're teaching them", Farnsworth said.

This year's Arizona budget also includes US$371 million to be delivered over the next five years in an effort to make up for the state's US$1.1 billion in education cuts since the 2008 recession. Teachers wished a yield to regular raises grades, competitive pay for aid staff and a pledge not to adopt any tax reductions prior to on the federal common is reached by funding.

Despite Ducey's optimism, however, Wisser and other Arizona educators said that the new budget falls far short of the changes they had advocated for most fervently. Many of these cuts were kept in place after the economy improved.

Minority Democrats mainly voted against the budget plan, drawing criticism from Republicans. "And that's what this body has done", Bolding said.

Republicans offered amendments in response to the walkouts, which included an amendment from Rep. Kelly Townsend, which would have prohibited teachers in public schools from talking about or showing their political views during classroom time, and fined those who did.

The action came after a weeklong teachers' strike that shut down school for the great majority of the state's 1.1 million public school students.

"Not only is school not fun anymore, but it's scary", she said.

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