AZ educators end historic walkout, determined to keep momentum going at the ballot box

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by Félix Pérez; image by Valerie Thomas 

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  1. “….determined to keep momentum going <<>>”

    Yeah, the title says it all. This was NOT a political thing. “Only about the kids.”

    We need to exercise caution and prudence. Pay attention because when the NEA / AEA repaints the bus (again) for the next “for the kids” movement, take a close look, it is not a bus but a …bandwagon. Because remember…didn’t we get the 20 like originally asked???
    (For moderator’s benefit, this originally posted 5-16 AM.)

  2. We did it, and if we can do it so can you. No states political dynamics are as bad as AZ fir public schools. We ARE the Koch brothers pertidish for the starvation and privitization of public education. Organize organize organize!

  3. Another win which resulted in this action is the awareness and collaboration between school employees and our communities. Educators and school staff are becoming more informed of the facts and for some, this is their first glimpse of the need to take action for better public schools. They have committed to reaching out in our communities and spreading the truth about how we got here and what we need. This has garnered necessary support and collaboration. We can no longer trust others will take care of this for us, look where that got us.
    Limiting school funding is limiting human potential. This can no longer be tolerated. When we fight for better school funding, we fight for our students.

  4. May I add another highlight from this interview in Arizona:

    “in the governor’s original budget proposal, he wanted to find funds for the raises by stealing money from other programs — for students with disabilities, from Medicaid, from the arts. Those cuts would have been very damaging to vulnerable populations, and they would have been very detrimental to our cause. Now, because of the pressure of the walkout, they removed those cuts. We did that. That was a win.”

    https://bit.ly/2IdlNTa

    1. “in the governor’s original budget proposal, he wanted to find funds for the raises by stealing money from other programs — for students with disabilities, from Medicaid, from the arts.”

      To the best of my understanding, that is exactly what the W Virginia congress did to pay for their teachers pay increases. Makes the win a very bittersweet victory for the poor in W Virginia.

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