More than 1,000 Arizona schools protested low teacher pay, underfunding to state schools
Arizona Republic: “Participating schools included district and charter, urban and rural, and those in neighborhoods that strongly lean both liberal and conservative”
PHOENIX – Another round of walk-ins dominated Arizona news yesterday as teachers continued to protest Governor Doug Ducey for his failing grade on education. Ducey’s failures include underfunding our schools and handing teachers the worst pay in the nation.
As Ducey tries to dismiss #REDforED as “political theater,” Arizona teachers have braved the 100-degree heat to demand better opportunities for them, their schools, and their students. And school corporations are behind them.
#REDforED has put Doug Ducey’s reelection chances up in the air. For Ducey, he would rather stick to his generic talking points (which have been proven false) than actually listen to hardworking Arizona teachers.
Arizona Republic: “With walk-ins, Arizona teachers gauge support for walkouts, closing schools”
“The walk-ins were community affairs, drawing support and attention from each school's own kids, parents and neighbors. Passers-by honked as they drove by the seas of people wearing red and waving signs outside schools.”
“Participating schools included district and charter, urban and rural, and those in neighborhoods that strongly lean both liberal and conservative.” […]
“Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey frustrated educators with his comments Tuesday that he’d be willing to meet with decision makers to help solve the education funding problem but ‘what I don’t want to do is get into these political operatives’ political circus.’”
Associated Press: “Arizona teachers staging 'walk-ins' over low pay and low funding”
“Leaders for a new grassroots group called Arizona Educators United say they could announce a date for action at any time. The group of about 40,000 members says Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican lawmakers who control the Legislature have not responded to requests for negotiations.
Teacher and organizer Noah Karvelis said the group sees no choice but to move to walkouts.” […]
“… Adjusted for local cost of living, federal figures show elementary teachers actually rank 49th in earnings and high school teachers 48th.”
Yuma Sun: “Yuma teachers 'walk in' for RedForEd”
Arizona Daily Sun: “Flagstaff shows support for Red for Ed movement with citywide school walk-in”
KGUN: “More walk ins and protests planned in #RedforED movement”
Arizona Daily Star: “Thousands of Arizona teachers rally as tensions rise, walkout looms”
Capitol Media Services: “Governor won't meet with teachers groups on pay issues”
KTAR: “Teachers in Arizona hold statewide ‘walk-in’ ahead of potential walkout”
“For the second Wednesday in a row, hundreds of teachers from schools across Arizona joined forces before classes to participate in so-called “walk-ins” to call for better paychecks and teaching supplies.
The “walk-ins” were planned at about 1,000 schools statewide, as part of the #RedForEd movement launched by Arizona Educators United. Teachers said they will hold the protests every Wednesday this month.”
ABC 15: “Red for Ed: Arizona teachers demanding raise protest at schools”
AZ Family: “Arizona teachers demanding raise protest at schools”
Cronkite News: “#RedForEd: Teachers ‘walk-in’ at Arizona schools as strike threat looms”
Peoria Times: “Walking for #RedForEd at Oasis”
Fox 10: “Arizona teachers staging walk-in demonstrations”
Tucson News Now: “Arizona teachers demanding raise protest at schools”
12 News: “Tempe teachers lead #RedForEd demonstration while getting their jobs done”
KJZZ: “Arizona Gov. Ducey Won't Meet With #RedForEd Organizers”
Tucson Weekly: “Teachers, Ducey and Politics”