Downtown rally planned one year after historic teacher walkout

Downtown rally planned one year after historic teacher walkout

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Arizona teachers say they want to remind lawmakers the Red For Ed movement is alive one year after the historic walkout that lasted six days.

Southern Arizona educators plan to gather outside the federal building in downtown Tucson for a rally Wednesday, April 24.

They plan to push for more education funding, saying Arizona is still far behind from the 2008 funding levels.

Teachers say they hope to put pressure on lawmakers as they head into budget talks for next year's budget.

Meanwhile, Gov. Doug Ducey says his budget proposal puts education funding in Arizona as a priority.

His office says his proposal would invest $637 million in new dollars into K-12 public schools across the state.

About $165 million would go to support teacher pay raises and $21 million for the Arizona Teachers Academy, according to a release from his office.

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