Gov. Ducey claims deal is reached to resolve teacher walkout

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.


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."

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.