On Thursday, April 26, Arizona educators marched in a sea of red to demand more funding for schools and pay increase. In 97-degree weather 10,000s of teachers, students, and supporters marched to the Arizona Capitol. The movement started a few weeks back. Arizona teachers wore red shirts to school to show their involvement and support towards Red for Ed. They staged walk-ins before school, protesting before 1st period starts. Over these past weeks, teachers organized a strike. So far, many school districts in the Phoenix area have canceled school for the next few days. There is no telling how long this will last.
— AZ Education Assoc. 🍎🏫🎒📚✏️ (@ArizonaEA) April 26, 2018
Governor Doug Ducey has so far refused to meet with the leaders of Red for Ed, just as he refused to meet with young March For Our Lives protesters weeks prior. He has recently proposed a plan for a 20% teacher pay increase by 2020. However, that proposal has not been acted on in 2 weeks.
Noah Karvelis and Dylan Wegela are leaders of the Red for Ed movement and listed off these 5 demands at the Thursday Rally:
- Education funding to be restored to 2008 levels;
- Support staff to receive competitive pay;
- Arizona teachers to receive a 20% pay increase;
- A permanent salary structure that includes yearly raises;
- No new tax cuts until student funding reaches a national average.
Arizona educators and students will return to the Capitol on Friday to continue the fight for funding.
— AZEdUnited (@AZEdUnited) April 26, 2018