FUSD remains closed Thursday. School districts region-wide react to teacher walk-out

| May 3, 2018

By CCC&Y 

Pending final approval this week by state lawmakers of a budget that could expand the state’s education budget and increase teacher pay, educators in many school districts in Coconino County and statewide could return back to the classroom as early as Friday.

Teachers in many school districts statewide walked out of their classrooms on Thursday, April 26 as part of the #RedforEd movement. Since then, hundreds of educators and supporters have been seen carrying signs and wearing their signature protest red t-shirts from the lawn at the Flagstaff City Hall to the thousands gathered at the State Capitol in Phoenix.

Parents are urged to keep checking with their local school districts and the local media for the latest information on how the walk-out will impact school schedules, school meals, sporting and other academic activities.

In Coconino County, the Arizona Daily Sun reported the Flagstaff Unified School District has canceled school again on Thursday.

The following are links to the latest walk-out related stories in the region:

 

CCC&Y Statement on teacher walk-out: While we sincerely hope that Arizona is able to avoid a teacher strike, we at the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth have been reporting on the desperately needed support for education in our State for years now.  We recognize that we all make choices and get what we pay for.  For us in Arizona, that has meant being 49th in the Nation for elementary teacher pay, failing infrastructure and teacher shortages in the thousands. The current climate is not just about supporting teachers- which is crucial and past due- it is about the VALUE we place on having an educated and ready future generation.  We support teachers, schools, administrators, families, and our elected leaders as we call for all Arizonans to work together to begin the healing and necessary change that our State requires.  We applaud the improvements that have been made recently while we recognize the work we have yet to do.  Our children require that we do not turn this into an us against them battle.  Every single Arizonan, family, business and entity has a stake in how this issue resolves.

LAUNCH Flagstaff Statement for World-Class Education Funding: The mission of LAUNCH Flagstaff is to advance world-class education for every child in Flagstaff from cradle through their career. We accept our shared responsibility in reaching this goal. The following partners of LAUNCH Flagstaff support our children by reinvesting in our teachers and schools. Through seeking a permanent educational funding solution, we can ensure our education system is capable of achieving world-class status. We desire that all community sectors engage in this conversation and find the common ground that will produce the educational results we all want.Read the entire list of supporting partners HERE.

 

Request to Speak:

Children’s Action Alliance — You have a voice at the capitol. The “Request to Speak” function is a simple and easy way to contact your legislators right from your own computer. It allows you to share your opinions and comments on bills electronically as they pass through the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives.

Expect More Arizona — Access the legislature’s Request to Speak system to make your voice heard on important bills impacting public education. Simply complete this form and Expect More Arizona will set up an account on your behalf.

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