ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona teacher group rescinds support of Ducey’s education proposal

Apr 18, 2018, 12:34 PM | Updated: 2:00 pm
(AP Photo/Matt York)...
(AP Photo/Matt York)
(AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — The teacher advocacy group Save Our Schools Arizona announced Wednesday that it would not be supporting Gov. Doug Ducey’s education proposal, days after one of its co-founders said she was “cautiously optimistic” about the deal.

In a release, the organization cited sustainability issues with the funding for the initiative.

“We support increasing teacher pay and getting more money into the classrooms, but the governor’s current proposal doesn’t put any new money into either those goals,” said Dawn Penich-Thacker, a co-founder of Save Our Schools Arizona. 

The proposal was set to give Arizona teachers a 20 percent pay increase over the next two years. The plan would also pledge $371 million in funding for various improvement projects.

“It moves money around from existing budgets and it relies on future projections for money that the state might bring in,” Penich-Thacker said. “Since those are unpredictable and they’re not new dollars, that is what we cannot endorse.”

Save Our Schools is not the only educators advocacy group to be opposed to the proposal.

Arizona Education Association said the proposal didn’t meet enough of the demands of the Red for Ed movement.

“The educator voice has never been stronger in the state of Arizona,” said Joe Thomas, the president of the Arizona Education Association.

“So now we have to decide, was this hastily put together press conference, this set of goals without any details on how we are going to get there, is that good enough?”

KTAR News’ Griselda Zetino contributed to this report.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)...
KTAR.com

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team fatally shoots man who allegedly shot at them

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office SWAT team on Wednesday fatally shot a man who allegedly shot at them, authorities said.
20 hours ago
(Flickr Photo/India Water Portal)...
Associated Press

Petitions submitted for new groundwater management district in southeastern Arizona

A proposal apparently headed to the November ballot would have voters in rural southeastern Arizona decide whether to create a new regulatory district to manage large-scale groundwater use for agriculture in an area where aquifer levels have dropped in recent years.
20 hours ago
(Phoenix Police Photo)...
KTAR.com

Police seeking person of interest in Phoenix shooting that left man dead

Police are seeking a person of interest in a shooting in Phoenix last month that left a man dead.
20 hours ago
(Match Market & Bar Photo/Timothy Fox Photography)...
KTAR.com

What’s cooking? Spring Arizona Restaurant Week starts 10-day run Friday

More than 100 restaurants have signed on to show off their menus during Arizona Restaurant Week, which kicks off Friday.
20 hours ago
(Photo by: Lindsey Nicholson/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)...
Danny Shapiro

Phoenix gas average eclipses $5 a gallon with more increases likely this summer, expert says

Phoenix has eclipsed an average of $5 for a gallon of gasoline and prices are likely to continue rising for a while, an industry expert said Wednesday.
20 hours ago
(Pixabay Stock Photo)...
KTAR.com

Bicycle rider dies after getting hit by car on Phoenix street

A man who was riding a bicycle died after getting struck by a car Tuesday night on 51st Avenue near Camelback Road in Phoenix, authorities said.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

ADHS mobile program brings COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to Arizonans

The Arizona Department of Health Services and partner agencies are providing even more widespread availability by making COVID-19 vaccines available in neighborhoods through trusted community partners.
...
Canvas Annuity

The secret to guaranteed retirement income

Annuities aren’t really a secret, but they are so misunderstood that they might as well be. Once you understand what an annuity is and how it can benefit you, you could decide this “secret” is the perfect supplement to your retirement plan.
...
Dr. Richard Carmona

COVID-19 shots continue long tradition of vaccines protecting public health

You want to feel safe. You want your family to be safe. Are vaccines safe? The simple and important answer is: Oh my yes!
Arizona teacher group rescinds support of Ducey’s education proposal