Ducey goes on veto spree to push teacher plan

Apr 23, 2018

AEU organizer and teacher Noah Karvelis says teachers and other employees will stage non-disruptive walk-in demonstrations on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and walk out Thursday.

On April 15 Red for Ed organizers announced that teachers will be voting this week on whether they will orchestrate a walkout, following the steps of their colleagues in Oklahoma and West Virginia.

Douglas said the Arizona Department of Education will issue guidance in the coming days in preparation for the teacher walk outs.

Arizona’s teachers plan to strike is an unprecedented move and comes with high risk.

The Senate Committee on Commerce and Public Safety April 19 approved SB 1519, the school safety proposal developed by Gov. Doug Ducey and sponsored by Sen. “We have kids sitting in broken desks, studying out of 25-year-old textbooks in a room with a leaky ceiling, and that’s unacceptable”, he said.

Bennett said he supported raises for Arizona teachers.

“We have worked side by side with the education community to develop a sustainable plan to give teachers a 20% raise by 2020”.

“We need to give our communities time to prepare, ” he said.

As a result of several years of funding shortages, our teachers and staff may conduct a walkout prior to the end of the school year. Still others think it’s time for the strike.

While Maglio voted in support of the walkout, it wasn’t without conflicted feelings.

Rebecca Garelli, a seventh-grade maths and science teacher in Phoenix, said of Ducey’s proposal: “It isn’t an actual plan, but rather a hastily thrown together one-pager”.

Hatcher says it goes beyond that. “And so there is a tension around that and we understand that”.

Arizona is a Right to Work state and is not unionized.

Karvelis wouldn’t say how long the walkouts could last.

Karvelis pronounced himself unconcerned given the overwhelming margin of support statewide.

Amphitheater Public Schools will determine closures on a school-by-school basis.

Under Arizona law, school districts choosing to play hardball could deem strikers as having canceled their employment contracts, and could also seek to revoke their teaching certificates. Each School district is working out its own plan for the walkouts, set to begin Thursday.

He compared Ducey’s proposed billion-dollar-plus budget increase for teacher raises over the next three years to spending under Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano that wasn’t supported by revenue growth.

Arizona’s education funding experienced severe cuts since the Great Recession.

Ducey unveiled the so-called “20×2020” plan, which would take money from other budget areas like surplus funds, as well as anticipate economic prosperity that would put more money into Arizona coffers.

Yavapai County Schools Superintendent Tim Carter, president of the state Board of Education, said he suspects rural Arizona will respond to the call for a walk out far differently than the big cities.

“It is now clear the existing proposal is not sustainable or comprehensive as a means of increasing educator pay and reinvesting in Arizona’s classrooms and schools, ” she said in a prepared statement.

Taking inspiration from the teacher strikes of Oklahoma and West Virginia, Arizona teachers have voted in favor of a statewide walkout to take place next week.

Most Arizona school districts reported an average teacher salary of $42,300 to $50,000. But teachers say that won’t cut it. Teachers will wear red union shirts, take group pictures and post them on social media to show their support.

“What we can control is public policy”, he said.

Paradise Valley School District officials told families in a letter Friday that student safety was the deciding factor in closing schools during the walkout.

Arizona teachers march at the Capitol in Phoenix on March 21, 2018.

An Arizona Senate committee is set to hold the long-delayed first hearing on Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's wide-ranging school safety proposal


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