PHOENIX (KSAZ) - On his verified Twitter page, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey claims a deal has been reached to resolve the teacher walkout, which entered its second day on Friday.
According to the tweet, teachers will receive a 20% pay increase by 2020, and support staff will be allocated an extra $100 million, increasing to $371 million over five years.
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#20x2020— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) April 27, 2018
It’s official: We have a deal!
✅ 20% pay increase for teachers by 2020
✅ Permanent, ongoing, protected in the base formula
✅ $100,000,000 in additional dollars for support staff, increasing to $371,000,000 over 5 years
✅ No tax increase
Gov. Ducey claims there will be no tax increase as a result. In a separate tweet, Gov. Ducey claims they are ready to work through the weekend to introduce a budget early next week, and pass it shortly thereafter.
Meanwhile, Joe Thomas, President of the Arizona Education Association, and Noah Karvelis with Arizona Educators United issued a joint statement on Gov. Ducey's claim, saying "We have no bill. We have no deal. The devil is in the details."
“We know that we have been down this road before. He makes promises that he can’t keep. We just can’t trust him. But here’s what we know. Over 100,000 people marched on the Capitol over the past two days. We stood in the heat for hours and hours. We marched and we rallied. We honored our students by speaking truth to power. When the governor and his friends at the Capitol had a chance to meet with us they left town. They ran from red. When education advocates came together to fix the problem lawmakers refused to address, suddenly we get an announcement of a plan without any details. Educators cannot wait any longer for the governor to fix this."
On Thursday, many teachers walked off the job in Arizona, due to concerns over teacher pay and educational funding in Arizona. The walkout echoed similar events in other states since the start of the year.