Arizona teachers will return to the Capitol on Saturday for a rally, a month after tens of thousands of educators walked out of class and flooded Arizona’s statehouse for six school days.
This time, teachers are rallying to collect signatures for a proposed ballot measure that would bring in $690 million in additional education funding by raising income taxes on Arizona’s wealthiest residents.
Saturday will be the first gathering since the historic April 26 walkout that impacted more than 850,000 students and changed the course of state budget discussions.
Gov. Doug Ducey signed a budget in May that included $400 million in funding for the state’s public schools in response to the teacher activism movement.
The budget included additional money for teachers, but did not meet #Redfored demands to restore about $1 billion in education funding cut since the recession.
In a Facebook video posted on the closed Arizona Educators United group, organizers said they want to galvanize teachers once again to help put the Invest In Education Act on the November ballot.
To qualify, they need to collect 150,642 valid signatures from Arizona voters by July 5.
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