Hickenlooper vows to push Colorado to repay $1 billion for education

A formal rally is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Late Friday afternoon, Ducey's office announced he had reached a deal on a state budget with majority Republican leaders of the House and Senate. We have to work with them on Monday, when they have to be here, and they don't get to adjourn for the week...

Frank Eager, a veteran art teacher at a Phoenix-area high school, said the state's expansive mix of school options has eroded the community-minded approach to nurturing kids. So we just want someone to sit down with our people, make some effort. The Arizona government spends $924 less per student in inflation-adjusted dollars today than it did 10 years ago.

Leaders of the state's teacher association say they will push for a ballot initiative to boost school spending if the Arizona Legislature doesn't provide a new dedicated funding stream.

The district previously said that it had polled staff and determined there would be enough teachers to re-open.

"I spent half of my paycheck on rent each month", Gutierrez Hansen said.

Colorado lawmakers don't have the power to raise taxes without asking voters.

Teachers want more than a pay increase next year.

The Chandler Unified School District says its announcement Friday that schools will remain closed Monday is "based on the number of teachers who have reported their absence for Monday". They want not only the 20 percent raise, but better pay for support staff, yearly teacher raises, a restoration of school funding to 2008 levels and no new tax cuts until the state per-pupil funding reaches the national average.

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"We see you. We hear you", said Hickenlooper, who wore a red checked shirt in support of the #RedForEd movement.

But it took the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry less than an hour to announce it would oppose the plan.

Teachers in Colorado also walked out of classroom for a second day over the same issues, but little progress was made there on Friday. Pro-charter advocacy group Center for Education Reform has accused national unions of recruiting charter educators into protesting. "I've never not had a part-time job".

Arizona's Republican governor, Doug Ducey, has proposed 20 percent raises by 2020 but said he has no plans to meet with striking teachers or address other demands. But his plan does not doesn't address educators' other demands.

The Arizona walkout began Thursday with an estimated 50,000 teachers and supporters participating in a march and rally in Phoenix.

"They closed shop and ran away from us yesterday...we have to show them, they can't run away from our students", Thomas said. No specific end is in sight. Meanwhile, education advocates filed a ballot initiative to increase income taxes on high wage earners to fund public education.

"It creates a secure funding source to keep great teachers in Arizona classrooms and give our students the one-on-one attention they need to be successful, " said David Lujan.

The funds would be "flexible dollars for superintendents to use for support staff pay increases, update antiquated curriculum and improve school infrastructure - without raising taxes", the statement said.

A hike in salaries - Arizona teachers are among the worst paid in in the country - is a key demand but the educators' aims are far more ambitious and seek to strike at the root of policies that have been destroying the education system.

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