The teacher walkouts in Arizona have come to an end due to the governor signing a budget bill. Although the raises were lower than what teachers wanted, they are an improvement over the 1 percent raises Ducey originally proposed.
Teachers were particularly concerned that funds in the budget would be moved from programs for special education or other education priorities to pay for the raises.
After the 2008 recession blew up its budget, Arizona implemented sweeping cuts to education spending. 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. He is one of the organizers of Arizona Educators United, the group that crafted the #RedForEd movement that, along with the Arizona Education Association. "They are what is most important and they are why we fight". The massive walkout, known online under the hashtag #RedforEd, affected more than a million public school students and were comprised of teachers heading to legislative offices and downtown Phoenix urging lawmakers to make pay raises after the pay cuts from the recession.
The Senate approved the raises just before dawn as hundreds of red-shirted teachers followed the proceedings from the lobby, many sitting on the cold stone floor.
"Now we've got to sustain it and bring answers, " Karvelis said.
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"You can't set a house on fire, call 911 and claim to be a hero, " he said.
Through labor militancy, Arizona teachers succeeded in forcing Republicans to make investments in public education that they did not want to.
The funding package fell short of demands for more overall school funding.
"Not only is school not fun anymore, but it's scary", she said.
Among the teachers who had packed the House and Senate galleries to watch Thursday's budget negotiations was Kathleen Hansen War, who said that one representative could be seen playing Solitaire and another staring at his cell phone, only glancing up "when his name was called [so he could] vote the Republican agenda".
She said "many of the goals" in her State of Education address were "achieved", but added there was still "much work" that needs to be done. The state did little to restore funding to schools even after the economy recovered. Thousands of Colorado teachers rallied at the state capitol Monday.
"And I resent all the accusations and, frankly, bullying that I've had to deal with over this last week", Townsend said, moments before her third amendment was rejected in a voice vote.
Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, had no better luck in trying to roll back Republican-crafted laws that allow judges to disqualify initiative petitions if all the documents are not in "strict compliance" with all election laws.