Walk-ins at local schools support #RedforED

The walk-ins that took place at schools throughout the local school districts on Wednesday, April 11 were part of a statewide action in more than 1,000 schools aimed at drawing attention to the dearth of state spending on public education.

The actions may be a glimpse of things to come, as Arizona Educators United, the teacher-led grass-roots group that launched the state’s #RedForEd movement, is planning a walkout if Governor Doug Ducey does not accede to its demands.

Educators are seeking 20 percent teacher pay raises now, the restoration of about $1 billion in education funding cuts made during in the past decade and competitive pay for classified employees, such as cafeteria workers, bus drivers and paraprofessionals.

Rural school districts such as those in Globe-Miami have been hit particularly hard, as per-student spending is about half of what larger districts in urban areas throughout the state receive.


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