Governor says threat of strike "political"

- Gov. Doug Ducey says he won't meet with teachers who are threatening to strike over low pay because he believes they are politicizing the issue.

The Republican said on KTAR radio Tuesday evening that he is concerned about talk of a possible statewide teacher strike over low school funding. But he says the teachers he's heard from don't want to strike and blames "the people who are playing politics" for talking about a strike.

Leaders of a group called Arizona Educators United say they could soon announce a teacher walkout and hundreds gathered outside the radio station as Ducey spoke. The group has grown to about 40,000 members since it was organized following a strike in West Virginia in early March.

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