The Latest: Arizona House Democrats support walkout vote
PHOENIX (AP) – The Latest on Arizona teachers protesting for higher pay and increased school funding (all times local):
Arizona House Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios released a statement supporting the planned teacher walkout.
Rios called the walkout “brave and righteous.”
Arizona teachers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the walkout, which is set to begin April 26.
Gov. Doug Ducey wrote on Twitter that he is committed to getting teachers a 20 percent raise by 2020.
Rios says teachers have earned a pay increase that’s based on a real revenue source, “not smoke and mirrors.”
Organizers say the governor’s plan also doesn’t address other needs, including raises for support staff and a return to pre-Great Recession school funding levels.
Arizona jumped into a movement for higher teacher pay that started in West Virginia, where a strike garnered a raise, and spread to Oklahoma, Kentucky and most recently Colorado.