#RedforEd supporters continue fight after #InvestinEd pulled from ballot

Published: Sep. 4, 2018 at 9:55 AM MST|Updated: Sep. 4, 2018 at 6:26 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Following an order from the Arizona Supreme Court, the #InvestinEd initiative will not be on voters' ballots come November.

Invest in Ed, also known as Proposition 207, planned to raise the income tax rate on couples making more than $500,000 or individual people making more than $250,000.

Supporters of the initiative said the tax would've created $690 million for school funding annually, while opponents said the tax would hurt the state's economy.

Ultimately, the initiative was removed from the November ballot because there were concerns the wording of the description of Prop 207 would create confusion among voters.

#RedforEd supporters and advocates say even with Invest in Ed off the ballot, they're not done fighting for what they feel is right. In fact, some say that the initiative being taken off the ballot has only fueled their motivation more.

"Red for Ed as a movement is still very viable," Lisa Millerd said. "It will still be something that people can support because it isn't a political movement. It's not about party, it's about what's best for education."

Millerd is one of thousands of Red for Ed supporters in the state. She's also a teacher in the Tucson area and she says that now more than ever she thinks people need to focus not on Invest in Ed being off the ballot, but rather on which candidates have education at the forefront of their platform.

"What we need to do is make sure everybody understands that candidates running for office should have education at the forefront of their platform and maybe that's the direction we should now be moving," Millerd said.

In an effort to discuss their plan moving forward and to show that they are continuing the fight for education, educators that are Red for Ed supporters are having a walk-in this morning at Tucson High Magnet School.

Along with that, they say they plan to hold meetings both Tuesday, Sept. 4, and Wednesday to discuss their plan with Invest in Ed now off the ballot and the fight for education funding continuing.

Millerd says she's not surprised people are continuing the fight and she adds that walk-outs, like the ones last spring, would be a last resort, in her opinion. Ultimately, she says she thinks people need to consider the importance of education.

"It's about educating the public about what education does and what education needs and it's really about the funding," Millerd says of the Red for Ed movement. "But I think going forward it could just keep those issues on the mind of the public. So when a school doesn't have funding to fix the A/C or the paint is peeling off the walls of a school in rural Arizona that's not OK."

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