Supporters of teachers - but not a teacher walkout - speak out

- Nearly 20% of Arizona teachers voted against the walkout that is scheduled for Thursday, and some of those who are opposed to it feel there are better ways to solve the education crisis in Arizona.

Meanwhile, some high school seniors are also voicing their concerns about how the walkout may affect them.

"They should've done this walkout at the beginning of school next year," said Christa Quevedo, a Mesa High School senior. "Why so late in the year?"

Quevedo says she's already stressed out about finals and what she's going to do with her life after graduation, and the walkout is just adding more stress.

"They did tell us that if you don't do the required days, you have to do them in the summer and we will have a graduation ceremony but we wont get the diploma then," said Quevedo. "Honestly, it defeats the purpose of the ceremony."

Seniors who have already signed up to serve in the military after the end of the school year are especially worried.

"They're getting ready to leave," said Mesa High School senior Dylan Hoopes. "A lot of them, including myself, are shipping off right after. We don't have time to go back and make up days, but if we don't make up days, we don't get our diploma."

Mike Platt, an 8th Grade Math Teacer, believes educators should get paid more, but he says the problem isn't money. Rather, it's that state leaders don't put enough value in educators. He says in order to raise the bar for schools, the entire educational institution in Arizona needs to raise the bar and provide better incentives, in order to draw more qualified teachers.

"How does increasing my paycheck give the kids in my classroom a better education today?" said Platt. "No one can tell you that. They can tell you it will be better in the future. I'm tired of the BS. I'm tired of making up things to help me now. I want meaningful institutional changes."

They are hoping that a deal will be reached, and teachers and students will return to school by Monday.

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