Arizona teachers’ walkout ends with new education funding

(CNN) This took six days, but Az teachers are ending their walkout after the governor signed an education and learning funding bill into law.

The particular measure, dubbed the “#20×2020” program, gives a 20% boost in instructor pay over the next three years — including 10% in school year 2018, the governor’s office said.
The new legislation also increases funding for assistance staff, new textbooks, upgraded technologies and infrastructure, which will help make up for recession-era cuts.

“The plan is (for teachers) to return to classrooms on Fri, but it’s up to each region to make that determination, ” Nationwide Education Association spokesman Miguel Gonzalez said.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcí a and Arizona Education Organization President Joe Thomas lauded the particular teachers’ efforts.
“When we started this particular movement, Arizona educators pledged to maintain fighting for the schools their college students deserve until the end, and we had been true to our word, ” Eskelsen Garcí a said.
“We will go back to our schools, classrooms, and learners, knowing that we have achieved something really historic. We should take pride in what we have got accomplished, and in the movement that we get created together. ”
But some teachers lamented that will some “pro-education” amendments they struggled for were struck down, like one that would reduce class dimensions.
Eskelsen Garcí a and Thomas mentioned teachers will keep pushing for more.
“The #RedforEd combat continues, ” the joint declaration said. “And over the next couple of days, we will provide additional details about following steps. ”