Arizona teachers may stay out again Thursday

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PHOENIX (AP) -

Leaders of an Arizona teachers strike are telling educators to stay out of school again Thursday and come to the state Capitol because the Legislature still hasn’t begun debating a budget bill that would give them big raises.

Arizona Educators United organizers Dylan Wegela and Rebecca Garelli told members on a Facebook Live video Wednesday afternoon that they need to keep the pressure on lawmakers. The group had said they would call off the nearly week-old strike if the budget passed.

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Some Arizona school districts will stay closed during a statewide walkout by teachers.

Teachers say they’ll continue their job action and rally at the state Capitol as the state Legislature moves to pass a budget bill that would give them big raises.

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Majority Republican leaders in House and Senate have been working to fine-tune the budget deal all day and expect debate to start debate Wednesday evening with votes to follow.

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