/ Modified may 3, 2018 8:50 a.m.

Education Association: Teachers Return to Work Thursday if Lawmakers Pass Budget

On fourth day of statewide walkouts, schools begin reopening.

Day 3 RedforEd #RedForEd demonstrators at the Arizona Capitol, April 30. The protests continued a walkout that started the previous Thursday to demand education funding.
Christopher Conover, AZPM

The Arizona Education Association said Tuesday evening that if lawmakers pass a budget by Thursday, teachers will go back to work immediately.

While they are not happy with the proposed budget, Arizona Education Association and Arizona Educators United representatives said they will continue to advocate for education funding even as they return to work.

The proposed state budget proposal is in line with Gov. Doug Ducey's plan, which calls for a 9 percent pay raise next year, but does not meet all of the teachers' other demands, including increases in pay for other staff, and increased overall education funding.

"This budget does not do enough ... for our kids, does not do enough for our colleagues. We are staying committed to fighting for our students," said Noah Karvelis, an organizer with Arizona Educators United.

Lawmakers appear to be on track to vote on a state budget this week, but it is not clear when teachers would return to classrooms if a budget vote takes late Thursday, or early Friday morning.

Many school districts already planned to reopen to students Thursday, May 3, and the Vail School District in Pima County was the first district to reopen since the walkouts began April 26.

School Closures

Tucson Unified School District OPEN Sunnyside Unified School District OPEN Marana Unified School District OPEN Amphitheater Public Schools OPEN Catalina Foothills School District OPEN Tanque Verde Unified School District OPEN Sahuarita Unified School District OPEN Flowing Wells Unified School District OPEN Vail School District OPEN Altar Valley School District OPEN Ajo Unified School District OPEN Baboquivari Unified School District OPEN Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind — Tucson OPEN Pima JTED OPEN Sierra Vista Unified School District OPEN
Education Funding in Arizona
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