When the last school bells rang on Wednesday, thousands of teachers across the state went away without knowing how long the strike would last or under what circumstances they would return to their students.
Arizona Educators United Leader The Grassroots Group, which advocates more education funding, was noncommittal on how long the strike will go on and what realistic solution could bring it to a conclusion, saying that these decisions are made by the teachers themselves need and that the organization takes it day by day.
Gov. Doug Ducey has ignored the group's demands to meet with him. Legislators have made no real effort to approve the more than $ 1
Ducey sticks to its 20×2020 plan, which would bring the teachers 9 percent of it With its promise to promise another ten percent over the next two years,
its office for unscrupulous Republican lawmakers is campaigning for the To approve an increase in teachers' salaries, which many Rep. MPs base on unsustainable, rosy revenues. The governor even recruits cautious democrats who argue that the plan is insufficient to solve Arizonas funding problems.
"This is a more aggressive plan than anything else presented by anyone, and it is feasible," said Ducey's spokesman Daniel Scarpinato
But the leaders of the Arizona Educators United # RedForEd movement have rejected the governor's proposal and said that it would be a blessing for the teachers, but would not address the myriad of other schools' problems: crumbling buildings, old textbooks and old computers, and backers who earn a minimum wage.
The strike will continue with or without Ducey's salary, they say.
"For Ducey to assume that people will be satisfied with what he wants The offer is reckless, just as his plan is reckless," said Derek Harris, a teacher at Tucson's Dietz K-8 school and local Leader of Arizona Educators United.
A draft budget – with or without a salary increase – has not yet been introduced in the Capitol. Thursday is the 109th day of the legislature, which should end after 100 days. In an election year, legislators usually try to close earlier.
The school is coming to an end, most classes should be let out in five weeks. And while many school districts say they have enough days in their school year to sustain a two-day strike, any extension of the strike will cause schools to extend their year and postpone summer vacations.
What leaves teachers, legislators, students and parents with a persistent question: how and when will the strike end?
There are four obvious ways to solve it, though only one could realistically lead to a profit for #RedForEd.
When the #RedForEd movement announced its strike last Thursday night, Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association, who has worked closely with Arizona Educators United, said schools need at least $ 1 billion over the past ten years Was cut years ago.
Thomas claimed that there are enough legislative votes to approve a tax hike, but when asked where the money was coming from, he pointed to lawmakers.
"The simple answer is that their job is to find the money, and we give them that power as elected officials," he said.
The majority of republican MPs this year are supporting neither the increase in taxes nor the reduction in tax cuts to supplement educational funding.
A proposal by Prescott Republican Representative Noel Campbell to increase sales tax by 1 cent for three years has gone nowhere.
Even if the legislature has passed a tax increase, Ducey will not sign it. The governor promised never to raise taxes, and Scarpinato confirmed that he had not changed.
"Why should we raise taxes if we have more revenue than expenditures?" Scarpinato said.
But Thomas remains hopeful, with enough pressure saying things can change.
"If in January somebody told me that we would legislatively pass a Proposition 301 extension, there would be $ 100 million in district additional help on every budget everyone is talking about, and that's $ 300 million on the table for Teacher, I would have laughed, "he said.
The requirement for a 1-cent increase in sales to voters through a legislative referendum would circumvent the requirement for a two-thirds majority in each legislature. But the legislators on both sides of the aisle are cool, if not dismissive, of this plan.
Republicans are noticing that Arizona already has one of the highest sales tax rates in the country. Democrats argue that the state's dependence on sales tax regressively offends the poor and creates an unreliable source of finance that floods and flows with the economy.
Republican legislators and Ducey hope that after the ink is dry. Englisch: www.germnews.de/archive/dn/1996/08/11.html Provides substantial wage increases for teachers, teachers and the public will see that they make a real investment in education, the movement will fizzle out and teachers will work again.
Republican Paul Boyer of Phoenix, chairman of The House Education Committee and a teacher at a charter school argued that teachers will lose public support for their cause when the public sees them as bringing a salary increase from which most workers work Families can only dream.
And he later noted that legislators are adopting a budget, they will adjourn for the year.
"So they will come here and protest while no one is around, I guess they could," he said.
Scarpinato said the governor's budget, which this year includes $ 100 million for additional district and charter assistance, is a historic investment in K-12 education proving that the governor has heard the demands of the public , and takes education funding seriously.
"This is the plan ahead of us, the budget process is coming to an end, and this legislature is drawing to a close, and now is the time to act on this plan, the best plan out there is, "he said.
His boss expressed it more clearly when talking to Howard Fischer of Arizona Capitol Media Service.
"If we move a 20 percent increase for the teachers and there is a continuing strike that makes no sense," said Ducey.
Harris said the movement that was hissing was always a possibility, especially after Ducey's offer.
Scenic changes, they change tactics, "he said.
Leader of the movement and unionists have long signed a citizens' initiative – the process by which citizens collect signatures to propose a bill of law bill
But they played their cards very close to the chest and refused to discuss what that initiative would look like and whether it was already on paper, ready to go in. They claimed that the legislature was the problem and it is the legislator's responsibility to solve the problem.
Thomas, the president of the AEA, said he had heard nothing of drafting a specific initiative, but people eyed the initiative (19659003) Difficulty, he said, lies in deciding which sources of funding to use and what it will finance.
Have an initiative It has the advantage that it is essentially fixed in stone, while a law created by the Legislature can always be changed by the legislature, he noted.
But time is running out. A November polling initiative would require at least 150,642 valid signatures from registered Arizona voters before July 5 to qualify for the poll. To be protected from legal challenges, the initiative will need a cushion of about 30 percent or about 200,000 signatures.
Harris said that Arizona Educators United wants to wait and see what teachers do after a Thursday and Friday strike before discussing next steps. There are signs that an initiative is in sight Arizona Educators United has published a Leadership Training Guide that has a timeline stating that in May and June, a preliminary plan to collect signatures for an election initiative to increase the education revenue was planned.