Arizona teachers to announce whether they will walk out

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Another #RedForEd rally at KTAR Tuesday, April 10 (left) and Gov. Doug Ducey at 3TV/CBS 5 (Source: Steve Aron, 3TV/CBS 5 and 3TV/CBS 5) Another #RedForEd rally at KTAR Tuesday, April 10 (left) and Gov. Doug Ducey at 3TV/CBS 5 (Source: Steve Aron, 3TV/CBS 5 and 3TV/CBS 5)

Arizona teachers are expected to announce whether they will walkout Thursday night. Teachers will be voting until this afternoon on whether they will participate in a state-wide walkout to fight for better pay and school funding.

The Arizona Education Association (AEA) said they will reveal the results of the vote some time after 8 p.m. Thursday night.

[READ MORE: Arizona teachers call strike vote, despite raise plan]

The proposed action comes after Gov. Doug Ducey announced that he has a plan to get teachers a 20 percent raise by 2020. The plan would give teachers a 9 percent raise this year, gradually reaching 20 percent by 2020.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Arizona Schools in Crisis]

But teachers say Ducey's plan lacks specifics and doesn't meet all of their demands, such as a raise for all support staff and a return of school funding to 2008 levels. 

[RELATED: School support staff feels left out of Gov. Ducey's pay raise agenda]

AEA said they have reserved the capitol lawn for five days starting Friday in case teachers do vote to walk out.

Dozens of school boards have come out with public support for #RedForEd.

"Below is a list of 38 boards that have informed me they publicly support the Arizona Educators United movement to sustainably fund education and employee groups as well as restore District Additional Assistance -- all in a way that doesn’t pillage essential state funds that bolster our hospitals; programs for people with disabilities; and environmental protection projects," Katie Paetz, the president of the Osborn District Governing Board, wrote in an email to Arizona's Family. We've posted her list below, including links to the resolutions or letters where available, and will add to it as we learn more.

An Arizona Senate committee finally held a hearing Thursday morning on Gov. Doug Ducey's school safety proposal.

[READ MORE: Arizona Senate to hold school safety plan hearing]

The governor rolled out the proposal about a month ago, which includes more school resource officers and school mental health spending.

Stay with for updates on the possible teacher strike and what you need to know.

DISTRICTS' LETTERS TO PARENTS (we will update this list as we receive new communications)


Arizona Educators United Facebook discussion group

  1. Agua Fria Union High School District
  2. Alhambra Elementary School District
  3. Amphitheater Unified District
  4. Apache Junction Unified District
  5. Baboquivari Unified School District
  6. Beaver Creek Elementary District
  7. Cartwright
  8. Casa Grande Elementary School District
  9. Chandler Unified School District
  10. Colorado River Union High School District
  11. Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary School District
  12. Creighton School District
  13. Deer Valley Unified School District
  14. Douglas Unified
  15. Flagstaff Unified
  16. Florence Unified 
  17. Gilbert Public Schools
  18. Glendale Elementary
  19. Glendale High School
  20. Higley Unified
  21. Isaac 
  22. Liberty Elementary School District
  23. Mesa Unified District
  24. Osborn Elementary School District
  25. Paradise Valley Unified
  26. Peoria Unified School District
  27. Pendergast Elementary School District
  28. Phoenix Elementary 
  29. Phoenix Union High School District
  30. Queen Creek
  31. Roosevelt School District
  32. Safford Unified
  33. Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District
  34. Somerton 
  35. Tempe Elementary
  36. Tempe UHSD
  37. Tucson Unified
  38. Washington 

RESOURCE: Arizona school district websites list

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