With Signed Budget, Arizona Teachers Will Go Back To School Friday

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The end of the walkout, which shut down schools for hundreds of thousands of students, comes after a dramatic week in which lawmakers, unable to agree on the state budget, worked through the night while teachers kept vigil.

In a Facebook video, Red for Ed organizers say now that Gov. Ducey has signed the education funding and teacher pay bill, they'll head back to class on Friday. The pay increases will cost about $300 million for the coming year.

Organizers of the so-called #RedforEd movement said they planned to return to their classrooms on Thursday if the budget is approved.

The education budget bill passed 33 to 26 in the House and 20 to 9 in the Senate.

The package fell short of demands for more overall school funding. He said that teachers had earned the raise.

At its peak, school closures impacted more than 840,000 Arizona students, according to an analysis from The Arizona Republic that tallied up at least 100 school districts and charter schools that were closing.

Republicans like Representative T.J. Shope, however, said that the proposal is solid. The budget pays for its new spending on schools and teachers by raiding special funds (including one dedicated to cleanup efforts following leaks from underground gasoline storage tanks), and with an unexpected revenue boost that the state took in during the first quarter of this year, thanks to the strength of its economy.

"I am excited to see my students again soon, but I am heartbroken that we had to fight this hard for such a small amount of funding", Wisser said.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed part of a state budget plan that provides more than $300 million in raises for numerous state's striking teachers. Collective bargaining did not lead to increased salaries or funding.

Lawmakers rejected a series of Democratic amendments to the budget.

Diane Douglas, the superintendent of the state Department of Education, told KTAR News 92.3 FM that she was very pleased that teachers were returning to class, but expressed concern with the questions they would have to face.

"The educators have solved the education crisis!"

"It's sad that this is the way we had to go", Mendez said. There are 3.2m public-school teachers in America. Are we complaining about that? Teachers gained good collective-bargaining rights in states that already paid them relatively well.

Republicans offered amendments in response to the walkouts, which included an amendment from Rep. Kelly Townsend, which would have prohibited teachers in public schools from talking about or showing their political views during classroom time, and fined those who did. Jay Bertelsen ("Christian Non-Union Conservative Teacher Fighting for Funding") has taught computer science outside Tucson for 25 years; his children qualify for Arizona's state-subsidised health care for poor families.

"I think we still have some things to work through but hopefully without any adverse affects to our students". For want of more chalk could the Senate be lost.

The package provides the state's schools with a partial restoration of almost $400 million in recession-era cuts, with a promise to restore the rest in five years.

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