Arizona teachers call strike vote, despite raise plan

- Arizona teachers who have pushed for big raises and an increase in school funding say Gov. Doug Ducey's teacher raise proposal falls short and they're moving to take a strike vote.

The leaders of the grassroots group Arizona Educators United posted a video on Facebook Sunday night saying three days of voting begins Tuesday.

The Republican governor on Thursday proposed a 9 percent teacher pay raise this year and 10 percent more by 2020, on top of 1 percent they are getting this year.

"If we are given 10% to put into teacher's salary, my intent is to see that teachers see every cent of that in a salary increase, because they deserve it," said Benson School District Superintendent Dr. David Woodall.

Ducey, however, didn't address teachers' other demands, which include raises for support staff, a return to pre-Great Recession school funding levels and no more tax cuts until school spending reached the national average.

In addition, there is skepticism over where the money is coming from, which had supporters frustrated.

"Depending on where you teach in this state, teachers salaries are different," said Meghaen Dell'artino with the Education Finance Reform Group. "It depends on what type of money you have coming in from a lot of different sources."

Meanwhile, as #RedforED organizers vote on a possible statewide walkout, Deer Valley school district officials are asking parents to be ready, if schools close.

"I kinda wish the schools would stay open, because both of my kids love learning," said David Martin.

"Teacher's gotta do what's best for the teachers, but what am I supposed to do?" said Elizabeth Griffin.

The Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report.

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