SAFFORD – Teachers in Arizona held a strike vote Thursday that initiated Arizona’s first-ever statewide walkout. The Arizona Education Association and the Grassroots Group, Arizona Educators United turned down Governor Ducey’s proposed pay raise plan and are now demanding increased school funding. The groups announced that teachers will walk off the job on April 26th.
In light of the uncertain potential of teachers walking out, Safford school Superintendent, Ken VanWinkle issued a statement: “Since the announcement of the statewide vote for a teacher walkout was made late last night, SUSD Leadership TEAM will be meeting to discuss options and possible plans should an actual walkout in Safford Schools occur. Our biggest concerns are for the continued education of our students and to avoid the disruption of school. We appreciate the support we feel from our community and do not want to do anything as a school district to lose the trust and confidence from them. While we support the need for additional funding for teachers and staff, as well as for supplies, curriculum, and materials, we hope to see our state legislators and the #RedforEd movement arrive at decisions that will prevent the potential disruption of the education process.”
Other school districts in the Gila Valley were unavailable for comment.