Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman
As lawmakers finalized the state budget late into the night over the holiday weekend, there were — once again — teachers wearing red watching from the gallery. But, instead of thousands, there were dozens — no marching band, no chants or megaphones.
But, don’t think that means teachers aren’t watching what their legislators are doing, especially those who ran on pro-education platforms.
#RedForEd lead organizer Rebecca Garelli said their tactics changed this time around and that’s left many teachers angry about the outcome of the budget.
So what was in that final budget when it comes to education? As Garelli said, Gov. Doug Ducey kept his promise to move teacher salaries up toward a 20 percent raise by 2020, and the