Educators march to Ducey's Tucson office to get legislators' attention
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Educators and #RedforEd supporters in Tucson are taking to the streets again on Friday, April 27, to march. They're aiming to get the attention of state legislators and Gov. Doug Ducey in the hopes for higher wages and better school funding.
Teachers within Amphitheater Public Schools, specifically, have planned events every day this week that ranged from a food drive to a making plans for the march in Phoenix on Thursday, April 26.
The culmination of the week's events come Friday morning as educators and their supporters march from the Mercado to Ducey's Tucson office.
Educators have made their demands to Ducey, citing the need for higher funding for state schools. Many have said they want more than just a raise for teachers - they want a raise for all staff and they want more funding to improve their schools.
Amphi High School teacher Lisa Millerd deals with the lack of funding first-hand every day. But she says her district isn't the problem, it's the state government.
"I have an air conditioning unit in the building I'm in that comes apart on a regular basis. They do not have the funding in their capital budget to replace it so they just keep repairing it," she said.
Millerd is one of the leaders of the #RedforEd movement in her school district. As for the #RedforEd fight continues and educators push for higher pay and better funding, she says she wants legislators to be cognizant of how they increase funding at schools.
"You cant just shuffle money around in the current budget because that means you're taking money from funds that may be necessary for other purposes," she said. "We don't want to hit families of need that may need their funding for their program. We need new revenue sources."
MIllerd and many other teachers were scheduled to begin their march to Ducey's Tucson office starting around 9 a.m.
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