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The facility is prepared to host up to 100 kids and provide breakfast, lunch and snacks at $25 per child.

Arizona and Colorado teachers walked out of public school classrooms on Thursday to demand better pay and more education funding in protests set to leave students sitting home for at least a day and possibly longer. Educators from Pueblo School District voted to go on strike last week, but can not take action until after Colorado's education and labor agency decides by May 4 whether to try to broker a resolution with teachers.

Gov. Doug Ducey (R) announced a proposal earlier this month to raise teacher pay by 20 percent by 2020. It's actually the exact opposite, she said.

"School districts and public school supporters end up begging for the leftover money at the end of every legislative session", said the Colorado Education Association, the state's largest federation of teachers' unions, organizing the march on the capitol. She said she was prepared to take her children back Friday and next week to the center, which offers activities that include arts and crafts and dodgeball.

Brenda Lopez, who teaches fourth grade, told CNN the Baseline Road demonstrations and the walkouts aren't about holding children's education hostage for change.

In a petition sponsored by Arizona Educators United that garnered over 27,000 signatures, educators in the state have addressed the other ways education cuts have hurt classrooms, calling for "updated textbooks, basic supplies, and technology".

Arizona Educators United wants a 20% raise for teachers by next school year and yearly raises after that until Arizona's teacher salaries reach the national average.

Hundreds of Colorado teachers are marching around the state Capitol in Denver.

The thousands of teachers participating in walkouts in Colorado are using their personal days to do so, leading four school districts to close on Thursday. They need to be respected, and rewarded, for the work they do - and Arizona can do better on this front.

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Cheyenne Mountain School District 12, Colorado Springs School District 11, Falcon School District 49, Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, Lewis-Palmer School District 38 and Manitou Springs School District 14 are among the many statewide that will not have classes on Friday.

It's not known how long the walkout will last.

A larger rally is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Teachers were joined by students and others at the rally.

An estimated 840,000 public school students in Arizona are missing classes after numerous school district shut down schools because they couldn't find enough substitute teachers to fill in. AEA members would meet to improve curriculum, determine policies, etc. and, of course, they would ask for raises, but they had a vision of the whole educational system which they wished to improve.

Teachers and supports have started to gather at Chase Field, the starting point of the march.

In Colorado, more than 10,000 teachers are expected to demonstrate in Denver.

"We're here today because of our students", Amie Baca-Oehlert, a high school counselor and vice president of the Colorado Education Association, told ABC News outside the Capitol building.

Ducey told the TV station in a separate interview that he's "not ignoring anyone" but is focused on meeting with lawmakers to push his plan, which has raised concerns about how it would be funded.

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