Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Arizona Teacher Strike Over

From the Kingman Daily Miner:
Unable to convince Republicans to provide more cash for K-12 education, members of the #RedForEd movement told members late Tuesday to go back to work.
But not until Thursday. And not until lawmakers give final approval to the budget and teacher pay plan, now scheduled for later today.
Noah Karvelis, one of the organizers of Arizona Educators United, said the movement - and the strike that began this past Thursday - already has scored several key victories.
He said the Republican-controlled Legislature agreed last month to extend the 0.6-cent sales tax for education beyond its 2020 expiration date. That was not something that was even on Gov. Doug Ducey's agenda when the session started in January.
More significant, Ducey has agreed to an average 9 percent pay hike for teachers for the coming school year, with a 5 percent increase the following year and an identical increase the year after that. By contrast, the budget the governor presented to lawmakers included just a one-time 1 percent increase.
Karvelis said the budget still leaves the #RedForEd movement far short of its original goals.
But he said that it has now become obvious that this is the best educators will get, at least this year. http://m.kdminer.com/news/2018/may/01/redfored-surrenders-teachers-should-be-back-work-t/
This whole strike was about politics, with the liberal teachers union taking on the GOP in Arizona.
There were no winners in this but the children of the State certainly lost.

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