UPDATE: TUSD school year will end as originally scheduled
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The grassroots organization and educators union behind the #RedforEd movement have called for an end to Arizona's first-ever teacher walkout. Now, school districts must plan how to make up necessary instructional time.
TUSD announced on Tuesday, May 8, that the school year will end normally for all of their schools but that each will have their own adjustments which have been listed below.
Warren Elementary: Later dismissal. It was 1:55 p.m., and now it will be 2:49 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday dismissal was at 12:55. Changed to 1:49 p.m.
Manzo Elementary School: Announcement time cut by 8 minutes. Lunch time cut by 5 minutes
Bloom Elementary School: Announcement time cut by 3 minutes. Lunch time cut by 5 minutes
Van Buskirk Elementary School: Announcements cut by 3 minutes. Lunch time cut by 10 minutes. (Starting 3 minutes earlier and ending 5 minutes later)
Sabino High School: Some seniors who have been enrolled in four classes all year have had two hours added to each day to make up instructional time.
Arizona Educators United and Arizona Education Association both tweeted around 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, that they are ending the work stoppage.
A few hours before, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a budget bill that will give teachers a 20 percent raise by 2020 and restores some education funding.
Ducey signed the bill around 6 a.m., shortly after receiving it from the Legislature.
The historic walkout began Thursday, April 26, and ended after six days.
On Friday, April 27, Ducey announced that a deal was reached on a 20 percent pay raise.
Initially, the #RedForEd leaders said they had no confidence the deal announced by Ducey meets the needs of schools.
#RedForEd leaders have filed an initiative to raise the income tax on high wage earners to fund public education.
Sixty percent of the new funds would go toward teacher salaries. Forty percent would be added for all-day kindergarten and other uses.
The measure requires more than 150,000 signatures filed by July 5 to get on the ballot. If that happens, the voters will get to decide.
Teachers voted April 19 to participate in the state's first ever walkout. The Arizona Education Association said 78 percent of the votes were in favor of the walkout.
The walkout also affected after-school programs, field trips and sporting events.
According to state law, any classes canceled will have to be made up later and that means a longer school year.
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