#RedForEd walkout school closures will impact 840,000 Arizona students

Teachers walk arm-in-arm with students and parents into Tuscano Elementary School as they stage a “walk-in” for higher pay and school funding on April 11, 2018, in Phoenix. Teachers gathered outside Arizona schools to show solidarity in their demand for higher salaries staging “walk-ins” at approximately 1,000 schools that are part of a statewide campaign for a 20 percent raise and more than $1 billion in new education funding.(Photo: Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)

,  Updated 10:23 a.m. MT April 25, 2018

Red is everywhere on April 25, 2018: At Starbucks,

More than 840,000 of Arizona’s 1.1 million public-school students in 1,000-plus schools will be affected by closures Thursday, the start of the statewide teacher walkout.

An Arizona Republic analysis, updated as of Wednesday morning, illustrates the vast reach of the state’s grass-roots #RedForEd movement that began in early March after a West Virginia educator walkout catalyzed a nationwide wave of teacher revolts for more education funding.

For weeks, as walkout discussions intensified among Arizona’s educators, the public has wondered what the footprint of such an action would be in Arizona.

Arizona teachers gather at Chase Field as they prepare

A definite answer had been elusive. But now, as teachers officially report their absence to their schools and schools announce their closures, a clear picture is emerging: Arizona’s walkout is likely to be the nation’s largest in recent history.

As of Wednesday morning, school closures will affect about 75 percent of the state’s public-school district and charter students.

Arizona Educators United, the teacher-led group organizing the statewide walkout, announced on social media Tuesday that it expected 30,000 to 50,000 educators to rally at the Capitol on Thursday.

Schools close statewide

Spotted at the walkout on April 26, 201: "Straight

The Republic’s analysis of the walkout’s impact on students is based on a two-day, data-gathering effort of schools’ walkout plans. The findings include:

  • At least 101 Arizona school districts and charter schools — with a combined 2016-17 enrollment of 844,000 students — have announced school closures Thursday. Many of them say in their notices to parents they won’t have the necessary staffs to safely operate.
  • The Republic identified public schools that plan to close Thursday in all but two of the state’s 15 counties. The two counties were Graham and Greenlee counties.
  • At least 48 school districts and charter schools — most of them in the state’s rural pockets — have announced plans to stay open, but they represent a minority of the state’s student population.
  • Schools in Arizona’s 30 largest districts will be closed Thursday.

Agua Fria Union High School District — enrollment 7,788 — is the largest school district in the state that plans to remain open during the walkout.

In a letter to parents Tuesday, Superintendent Dennis Runyan said students would be released before 11:30 a.m. and “due to the make-up of staffing support, some student groups will be in large common areas and multiple tutoring centers.”

Many of the schools that have announced plans to stay open cautioned parents in their notices that the plans could change depending on staffing. Tempe Elementary School District initially told parents it would remain open but then announced Tuesday afternoon it will close after all.

 A painted #RedForEd vehicle window April 26, 2018,

Some of those that plan to remain open, such as Agua Fria and Laveen Elementary School District, will shorten their school days.

There were several charter schools and rural school districts whose walkout plans The Republic could not immediately verify independently as of Tuesday evening.

A handful of school districts in their most recent communications to parents had not yet decided whether they would remain open or close their schools.

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Cave Creek Unified School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Wickenburg Unified School District Maricopa Announcing decision Wednesday
Madison Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Laveen Elementary School District Maricopa Planning to stay open Thursday and Friday on a “half-day schedule.”
Wilson Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday
Mesa Public Schools Maricopa Closed “until the walkout ends”
Deer Valley Unified School District Maricopa Closed indefinitely until 75% of certified teachers report to work
Alahambra Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday
Chandler Unified School District Maricopa Closed Thursday
Kyrene School District Maricopa Closed Thursday
Paradise Valley Unified School District Maricopa Closed Thursday
Apache Junction Unified School District Pinal Closed Thursday
Casa Grande Elementary School District Pinal Closed Thursday
Casa Grande Union High School District Pinal Closed Thursday
Maricopa Unified School District Pinal Closed Thursday
Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School District Yavapai Closed Thursday
Page Unified School District Coconino Closed Thursday
Winslow Unified School District Navajo Closed Thursday
Kingman Unified School District Mohave Closed Thursday (all but one campus)
Florence Unified School District Pinal Closed Thursday and “will continue being closed until the “Walk Out” is over”
Liberty Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Holbrook Unified School District Navajo Closed Thursday and Friday
Cartwright Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday, Friday, Monday
Pendergast Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday, Friday, Monday
Isaac Elementary School District Maricopa Operating on early release schedule
Osborn Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Avondale Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Agua Fria Union High School District Maricopa Operating on early release schedule
Queen Creek Unified School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and will remain closed “until the statewide walkout ends.”
Tempe Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and will remain closed “until further notice.”
Pine-Strawberry Elementary School District Gila Planning to stay open “with limited interuptions to the regular schedule and activities.” Letter cites confidence in internal polling of teachers.
Fowler Elementary School District Maricopa Closed for instruction; Campuses will be open and operating as a “non-instructional day.”
Chino Valley Unified School District Yavapai Schools will stay opened, “but there will be a 3 hour early release”
Tucson Unified School District Pima Closed Thursday
Mobile Elementary School District Maricopa Planning to stay open
Morristown Elementary School District Maricopa Planning to stay open
Murphy Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Palo Verde Elementary School District Maricopa Planning to stay open
Paloma Elementary School District Maricopa Planning to stay open
Peoria Unified School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Roosevelt Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Scottsdale Unified School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and “for the duration of the walkout”
Sentinel Elementary School District Maricopa Planning to stay open
Tolleson Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Tempe Union High School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Higley Unified School District Maricopa Closed Thursday
Riverside Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Baboquivari Unified School District Pima Closed Thursday
Picacho Elementary School District Pinal Planning to stay open
Red Rock Elementary School District Pinal Closed Thursday and “will remain closed until the walkout ends.”
Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District Pinal Closing Thursday and Friday
Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District Yavapai Closed Thursday
Prescott Unified School District Yavapai Planning to stay open on shortened school scedule
Val Vista Academy Maricopa Planning to stay open
Tolleson Union High School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Catalina Foothills Unified School District Pima Closed Thursday and “for the duration of the walkout”
ASU Preparatory Academy charter network Maricopa Closed Thursday
Sahuarita Unified School District Pima Closed Thursday and Friday
Glendale Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and “for the length of the walkout.”
Cochise Elementary School District Cochise Planning to stay open
Eloy Elementary School District Pinal Planning to stay open
Yuma Elementary School District Yuma Closed Thursday and Friday
Double Adobe Elementary School District Cochise Planning to stay open
Ash Creek Elementary School District Cochise Planning to stay open
Gilbert Public Schools Maricopa Closed Thursday and “will remain closed until the walk-out comes to an end.”
Phoenix Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday
Litchfield Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and “will remain closed until the walkout ends.”
Arizona Imagine Schools charter network Maricopa Planning to stay open
Gadsden Elementary School District Yuma Closed Thursday
Sierra Vista Unified School District Cochise Closed Thursday and “will remain closed until the statewide walkout ends.”
Benson Unified School District Cochise Closed Thursday and Friday
Washington Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and “will remain closed until further notice.”
Bonita Elementary School District Graham Planning to stay open
Amphitheater Public Schools Pima Closed Thursday and Friday
Union Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Glendale Union High School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and “will remain closed until further notice.”
Flagstaff Unified School District Coconino Closed Thursday and “will remain closed until the walkout ends.”
Mohawk Valley School District Yuma Planning to stay open
Phoenix Union High School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Maine Consolidated School District Coconino Planning to stay open
Beaver Creek School District Yavapai Closed Thursday
Miami Unified School District Gila Closed Thursday
Duncan Unified School District Greenlee Planning to stay open
San Carlos Unified School District Gila Planning to stay open
San Tan Charter School Maricopa Planning to stay open, half-day schedule Thursday and Friday
Salome Consolidated Elementary School District La Paz Planning to stay open
Skull Valley Elementary School District Yavapai Closed Thursday
The Hearn Academy Maricopa Planning to stay open
American Heritage Academy (Edkey Inc.) Yavapai Closed Thursday
Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics Elementary (Edkey Inc.) Maricopa Closed Thursday
Sequoia Charter Elementary (Edkey Inc.) Maricopa Closed Thursday
Sequoia Charter Secondary (Edkey Inc.) Maricopa Closed Thursday
Sequoia Deaf School (Edkey Inc.) Maricopa Closed Thursday
Sequoia Lehi Academy (Edkey Inc.) Maricopa Closed Thursday
Sequoia Pathfinder @ Eastmark (Edkey Inc.) Maricopa Closed Thursday
Sequoia Pathway Academy (Edkey Inc.) Maricopa Closed Thursday
Kirkland Elementary School District Yavapai Planning to stay open
J.O. Combs Unified School District Pinal Closed Thursday and Friday
Stanfield Elementary School District Pinal Planning to stay open
Payson Unified School District Gila Closed Thursday and Friday
Marana Unified School District Pima Closed Thursday
Horizon Honors Elementary School Maricopa Closed Thursday
Horizon Honors Secondary School Maricopa Planning to stay open
Vail Unified School District Pima Closed Thursday and Friday
American Heritage Academy (Edkey Inc.) Yavapai Planning to stay open
Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics Secondary (Edkey Inc.) Maricopa Planning to stay open
Children First Leadership Academy (Edkey Inc.) Maricopa Planning to stay open
KELLY Program (Edkey Inc.) Maricopa Planning to stay open
Sequoia Choice Precision High School (Edkey Inc.) Maricopa Planning to stay open
Sequoia Pathfinder Academy (Edkey Inc.) Maricopa Planning to stay open
Sequoia Village School Elementary (Edkey Inc.) Navajo Planning to stay open
Sequoia Village School Secondary (Edkey Inc.) Navajo Planning to stay open
George Washington Academy (Edkey Inc.) Navajo Planning to stay open
Sequoia Choice Arizona Distance Learning (Edkey Inc.) Maricopa Planning to stay open
Nogales Unified School District Santa Cruz Closed Thursday and Friday
Pima Unified School District Graham Planning to stay open
Willcox Unified School District Cochise Planning to stay open
Littleton Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Balsz Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday
Solomon Elementary School District Graham Planning to stay open
Canon Elementary School District Yavapai Planning to stay open
St. David Unified School District Cochise Planning to stay open
Bowie Unified School District Cochise Planning to stay open
Yuma Union High School District Yuma Closed Thursday and Friday
Creighton Elementary School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Dysart Unified School District Maricopa Closed Thursday
Oarcle Elementary School District Pinal Closed Thursday and Friday
Benjamin Franklin Charter School Maricopa Planning to stay open
Saddle Mountain Unified School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
American Leadership Academy charter network Maricopa Planning to stay open
Sunnyside Unified School District Pima Closed Thursday and Friday
Villa Montessori Charter School Maricopa Closed Thursday
Crane School District Yuma One school, Ronald Reagan Elementary School, will be closed Thursday and Friday. The rest of the district’s schools will remain open.
Flowing Wells Unified School District Pima Closed Thursday and Friday
Continental Elementary School District Pima Closed Thursday and Friday
Mammoth-San Manuel Unified School Districti Pinal Closed Thursday
Arizona School for the Arts Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Sedona-Oak Creed Unified School District Yavapai Closed Thursday and Friday
Fountain Hills Unified School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Great Hearts Academies charter network Maricopa Planning to stay open
Humboldt Unified School District Yavapai Closed Thursday and Friday
Fort Thomas Unified School District Graham Planning to stay open
St. Johns Unified School District Apache Planning to stay open
Wickenburg Unified School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Pomerene Elementary School District Cochise Planning to stay open
Somerton Elementary School District Yuma Closed Thursday
Morenci Unified School District Greenlee Planning to stay open
Kayenta Unified School District Navajo Closed Thursday and Friday
Buckeye Elementary School District Maricopa Closed for instruction with about 75 percent of staff out; Campuses will be open between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. “to provide basic services”
Buckeye Union High School District Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Ganado Unified School District Apache Closed Thursday
Bouse Elementary School District La Paz Planning to stay open
Window Rock Unified School District Apache Planning to stay open
Parker Unified School District La Paz Planning to stay open
Tanque Verde Unified School District Pima Closed Thursday and Friday
BASIS charter school network Maricopa Closed Thursday, planning to re-open Friday
Eduprize Schools charter network Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Metropolitan Arts Institute charter school Maricopa Closed Thursday and Friday
Quartzsite Elementary School District La Paz Closed Thursday
Congress Elementary School District Yavapai Planning to stay open
Apache Elementary School District Cochise Planning to stay open
Imagine Prep Surprise Maricopa Closed Thursday
Imagine Avondale Maricopa Closed Thursday
Imagine Tempe Maricopa Closed Thursday
Imagine West Gilbert Maricopa Closed Thursday
Imagine Prep Superstition Pinal Planning to stay open, half-day schedule Thursday
Imagine Bell Canyon Maricopa Planning to stay open, half-day schedule Thursday
Imagine Camelback Maricopa Planning to stay open, half-day schedule Thursday
Imagine Cortez Park Maricopa Planning to stay open, half-day schedule Thursday
Imagine Prep Coolidge Pinal Planning to stay open, half-day schedule Thursday
Imagine Coolidge Elementary Pinal Planning to stay open, half-day schedule Thursday
Imagine Desert West Maricopa Planning to stay open, half-day schedule Thursday
Imagine East Mesa Maricopa Planning to stay open, half-day schedule Thursday
Imagine Rosefield Maricopa Planning to stay open, half-day schedule Thursday
Fredonia-Moccasin Unified School District Coconino Planning to stay open, 2 p.m. dismissal on Thursday
Pinon Unified School District Navajo Closed Thursday and Friday
Riverbend Prep Academy Maricopa Closed Thursday
DISTRICT COUNTY STATUS
The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com is tirelessly updating this list as we get more information. Check back often.

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