PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The #RedforED movement continues to heat up in Arizona. On Tuesday night, another group of teachers took to the streets to demand higher pay, with staff from the Balsz School District in Phoenix marching down 48th Street, wearing red and carrying signs.
Many teachers in Arizona are demanding a 20% increase in pay, among other changes. The demands come, as teachers in other states are making similar demands.
"I think it's sad when I see teachers that have to have more than one job. I know it's 9 months out of the year, but frequently, during the summer, you're taking classes. To have a teacher have to take a side job to pay for living, that's like a slap in the face," Claudia Johnson said.
"The 40,000 educators who have come together in a few short weeks? It's amazing. It's just amazing and it speaks volumes to the funding that needs to happen. The lack of funding," said Paula Watkins.
This protest was small, in comparison to the walkouts that have gripped Oklahoma and Kentucky the last two days. In the Sooner State, more than 36,000 teachers walked out for the second consecutive day.
In Arizona, however, the protests are only ramping up.
Teachers in Glendale and Mesa are planning a "walk-in" to show solidarity Wednesday morning, and Balsz staffers say Tuesday night they all want the same thing.
"I know a lot of people think that it's just teachers want a raise. People want a pay raise, and it's really not. We just want Governor Ducey to fully fund education," said Watkins.
Late Monday night, Scottsdale Unified School District voted to give teachers an additional 2.5% pay raise on the fall.