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US Arizona teachers demanding raise will protest at schools

15:01  11 april  2018
15:01  11 april  2018 Source:   ap.org

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Educators are rallying for raises across Arizona today. PHOENIX - Thousands of Arizona teachers gathered outside their schools Wednesday wearing red shirts, chanting and carrying protest signs to show solidarity in their demand for higher salaries and better overall school funding from the state.

Teachers wearing red shirts, chanting and carrying protest signs protested outside Arizona schools to show solidarity in their demand for higher salaries.

Arizona teachers protest their low pay and school funding in front of a local radio station waiting for Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to show up for a live broadcast Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Phoenix. Arizona teachers are threatening a statewide walkout, following the lead of educators in other states. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)© The Associated Press Arizona teachers protest their low pay and school funding in front of a local radio station waiting for Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to show up for a live broadcast Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Phoenix. Arizona teachers are threatening a statewide walkout, following the lead of educators in other states. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — Teachers will be wearing red shirts and walking arm-in-arm at around a thousand schools across Arizona to show solidarity in their demand for higher salaries.

Wednesday's "walk-ins" are part of a grassroots movement pushing for a 20 percent raise and more than $1 billion in new education funding. Arizona's demonstration is part of a wave of educators demanding higher pay that started in West Virginia where teachers successfully won a 5 percent raise after a statewide strike.

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Arizona teachers in red shirts protested outside more than a thousand schools Wednesday to show solidarity in their demand for higher salaries. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Arizona teachers demanding raise protest at schools .

(AP) - Thousands of Arizona teachers wearing red shirts and carrying signs protested outside more than a thousand schools Wednesday, demanding On Tuesday, Ducey defended his school funding plan, which includes a 1 percent teacher raise , and has been touting his promise of 0 million in

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Arizona Educators United has mobilized teachers and supporters across the state through their #RedforEd campaign. In addition to a 20 percent pay bump, they're seeking increased pay for support professionals, a permanent raise structure, and a freeze on corporate tax cuts until per-pupil spending reaches the national average.

Noah Karvelis, a co-founder of Arizona Educators United, said while the request for raises has received the most attention, teachers are ultimately fighting for their students.

"Our teachers are part of it, but we're having kids learning in abysmal situations — no paper towels in the classrooms, no textbooks in the classroom, no chairs or not enough chairs for kids," he said. "We're essentially throwing away a whole generation of Arizonans and their futures and that's unacceptable."

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Arizona 's demonstration is part of a wave of educators demanding higher pay that started in West Virginia where teachers successfully won a 5 percent raise after a statewide strike. "I'm not the only one here struggling at this school ," she told fellow teachers during the protest outside the school .

PHOENIX (AP) — Teachers will be wearing red shirts and walking arm-in-arm at around a thousand schools across Arizona to show solidarity in their demand for higher salaries. Wednesday's "walk-ins" are part of a grassroots movement pushing for a 20 percent raise and more than billion in new

So far, Gov. Doug Ducey and the Republican-controlled legislature haven't budged to the group's demands. The governor has stuck by his proposal for a 1 percent increase this year, while pledging that other fund hikes will come down the road.

A lack of legislative action could trigger a massive job action. On Monday, Arizona Educators United told their 35,000 Facebook members to prepare for a possible walk-out this week that would close schools. It urged members to ensure their students have places to go during the day, and to check that superintendents and school boards are aware of the actions.

Arizona teachers are among the lowest paid in the nation. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, Arizona elementary teachers earned a median wage of $43,280 in 2017 and high school teachers $46,470, the 3rd and 6th lowest in the nation, respectively. Adjusted for local cost of living, federal figures show elementary teachers actually rank 49th in earnings and high school teachers 48th.

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AP writer Bob Christie contributed to this report.

The average Arizona teacher is paid less today than in 1999 .
The average Arizona teacher is paid less today than in 1999. They voted for a statewide walkout, which will start next Thursday if their demands aren't met before then.

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