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Support Striking Teachers in Arizona and Watch the #RedForEd Hashtag

Support teachers who are striking in Arizona, and watch the #RedForEd hashtag for news on the state-wide strike.

 

Arizona is the latest state whose teachers are striking not just for better pay but for fundamental changes in the way the state funds public education.

 

They will start their walkout on Thursday, April 25, 2018.

 

Arizona has cut taxes every year for 25 years, and its Republican governor, Doug Ducey, took a pledge not to raise taxes when he was a candidate.

 

Ducey has offered to raise teacher salaries by 20 percent by 2020, but the teachers are not satisfied. It only addresses one of their demands, and they fear that Ducey’s revenue projections are off and he won’t be able to deliver on the promise.

 

 

The teachers’ other demands include:

 

Reducing class sizes to a ratio of 23 students to one teacher

 

Returning to pre-2008 education spending levels

 

Yearly raises until the state’s teacher salaries meet the national average

 

 

 

To stay on top of developments, check the #RedForEd hashtag.

 

 

Twitter handles to follow include Indivisible Southern Arizona (Justice Alliance):

@Indivisible_SAZ

 

 

Arizona Educators United:

@AZEdUnited

 

 

The Arizona Education Association:

@ArizonaEA

 

 

 

You can also donate to a YouCaring page that will assist striking teachers. First order of business is getting them gift cards for gas so as many as possible can drive to Phoenix to rally outside the governor’s office. As of 9:30 EST on April 25, the campaign had raised almost $1,400 of its $5,000 goal.

https://www.youcaring.com/southernarizonateachersaidedthroughpalfandtea-1174971

 

 

 

Read an Arizona paper’s primer on the walkout:

http://tucson.com/news/local/q-a-how-walkout-by-arizona-teachers-is-expected-to/collection_07d836a2-4897-11e8-9166-976a878010cb.html#2

 

 

 

Here is a Vox story on the conditions that led to the walkout:

https://www.vox.com/2018/4/25/17276284/arizona-teacher-strike-tax-cut-funding-data

 

 

 

See a Phoenix New Times story on how the walkout could unfurl and end:

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/smear-campaign-arizona-teachers-strike-walkout-pay-10352914

 

 

 

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Read about teachers’ and volunteers’ efforts to prep meals for Arizona students who receive free and reduced-price lunches, so they don’t go hungry during the walkout:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-education/2018/04/25/teachers-and-volunteers-making-sure-600-000-students-dont-go-hungry-during-walkout/547787002/

http://kjzz.org/content/636804/food-available-500-sites-during-arizona-teacher-strike