AZ Teachers Continue Strike, Teacher Pay Increase Passes

At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Thursday, Arizona legislators passed Governor Doug Ducey’s controversial proposal to increase teachers’ salaries by 20 percent by 2020. The vote fell largely along party lines.

At the end of day 5 of the Arizona teacher’s strike comrades in arms relax and enjoy adult beverages. [ADI photo]
Only four Democrats in the Senate and none in the House voted to increase teacher pay.

Despite receiving assurances that the proposal would pass, school districts around the state were forced to announce that they would keep their doors closed on Thursday because teachers intended to continue their strike. The governor had crammed his proposal through in order to avoid a protracted confrontation with teachers, but that plan failed and teachers left their classroom last Thursday as part of the national #Redfored movement and many have not returned.

“Isn’t it ironic, I now see the red movement — it’s all the red no votes on the board,” said Rep. Bob Thorpe referring to the House’s electronic voting system. “A member said “because we can do better, I vote no.”

“You’ve got to be joking,” continued Thorpe. “If you haven’t been here before, this is déjà vu all over, a repeat of all the years where the Democrats vote against the education budget. A member said that this is just pennies out of the cushions on a couch. That’s 160 billion pennies weighing 400 billion grams, that’s a freaking huge couch.”

“If the teachers and education do not want the money, then let’s give it to state employees who haven’t gotten raises in years, or the correction officers who work 12 hour days and haven’t gotten a raise in 10 years, or the DPS officers who have gotten minimal raises in the past 10 years. I’ve never know a private sector worker reject a 24% pay raise because they weren’t at the table,” said Thorpe referring to the budget negotiations.

“One member called this 1.6 billion dollar increase “crumbs,” what a slap in the face of the taxpayers, who are paying for this increase,” concluded Thorpe. “I join my Republican Governor, my Republican colleagues in the Senate and my Republican members in the House in voting yes.”

Rep. Kelly Townsend was the lone Republican no vote. “Although I have heard every speaker stand and say their vote is for the teachers, whether an aye or a nay, I have yet to hear anyone stand for the taxpayer,” said Townsend. “We had a projection, and then it increased to accomodate this new spending. Under a best case scenario, we come dangerously close to insolvency in three short years’ time.”

“I entered politics to speak for those who are “taxed enough already.” Townsend concluded, “Tonight I speak on their behalf, and I stand for what is best for our state. I vote no.”

Ducey’s proposal sweeps funding from other agencies across the board in order to increase teacher pay. Democrats insisted on a tax increase instead.

In response to the strike, the #purpleforparents group was borne of frustration with the striking teachers and school closures. #Purpleforparents hopes to raise awareness about parents’ educational choices. Already, private and charters schools have seen an uptick in interest by parents shopping for alternatives.

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  1. It’s all about the students. Yeah right. I hope this does not increase taxes. There is a lot of people in the state that are underpaid, not just teachers. Remember they get lots of time off. They set a very poor example in my opinion. I do not support this action

  2. The marxists won. Ducey and the republicans caved to their temper tantrum. The liberals hate him anyway and now he has betrayed the taxpayers. Bullying works when perfected by liberals. Democracy, rule of law is gone. Open your wallets, bend over, and say thank you.

  3. “One member called this 1.6 billion dollar increase “crumbs,” what a slap in the face of the taxpayers, who are paying for this increase,”

    All I can say is screw the dumbass democrats that voted against the bill. Especially the one that called it “crumbs.” Sound familiar. Gee, Nancy and her 1% cronies called the tax package the same thing didn’t they? Yea, its all about the kids, right? You lying bas&^rds. How utterly pathetic of the sheep that were led by the nose through this process by two millennial socialists that think that socialism is the answer to all this country’s ills. Don’t like the country, go to Venezuela and see how they are doing? Matter of fact I will pay for the tickets for these two dumbasses to leave. Yea, it was and still is about replacing red with blue. The kids were the scam in the get out the vote BS.

    • And I forgot, Douchy failed to grow a pair in this mess, didn’t he??? Its all about your reelection isn’t it Doug. You screwed that up too.

  4. Another reminder to vote Yes for prop 305, the expansion for
    Empowerment, and what can children accomplish when they are getting a Better education! Yes on 304 in November 2018

  5. So, I worked for the University of Arizona for nearly twenty years and during that time we never were allowed to strike and got 2% increases once in a while. We all continued to work and support our families no matter if we got a raise or not. Red for ED ought to be fined for everyday the kids were not in school. Hell, Arizona is ranked 49 out of 50 for quality education and they (teachers) demand 20% pay raise; I say make it merit based raising the schools out of the giant hole first and foremost.
    But at last I protest, the fat chance any of this will ever happen! The kids, parents and taxpayers are screwed and the lesson is: Know what you are voting for; Elections do have consequences!

    • You left out the part about the layoffs. So we had to get more done with less people and the same pay! I was there as well!

  6. I see a lot of ranting about TUSD. They’re not alone. I live on the fringe of Marana School District. I don’t actually live in Marana and I have no kids in school. My property taxes went up about $1,000 in 5 years… and this past year I saw a report card that gave Marana District an overall grade of “C.” (Several Marana schools were graded as low as “D.”) So what am I paying for? What’s with Prop 123 and all the bond issues that float around nearly every year for education? I suppose with the teacher’s STRIKE, I’ll (we’ll) now be seeing yet another substantial increase in taxes despite promises to the contrary. And for nought. Maybe it’s time to desert a stinking ship.

    I support teacher’s getting paid, but I’m not convinced after seeing current results that it will make any difference. Teachers can pontificate all they want. This STRIKE was a bad idea, both for timing and as an example to students. And hey, maybe it’s time for administrators to stop pissing money away on nonsense such as high school football stadiums and get the money where it REALLY needs to go, into actual EDUCATION. It’s disturbing that cashiers in local restaurants cannot make change (correct or otherwise) and no one knows what the hell cursive writing is. I’d like to see if the teachers can prove me wrong.

    • Coy, this isn’t a strike, it’s a contract violation – unacceptable under any circumstance. All who walked away from work should be fired.

  7. Thank Gov Ducey for putting the State budget agenda firmly in the hands of Redfored, a bogus political organization which most never heard of three weeks ago and tying the hands of legislators for the next two years at least. Redfored (actually, the Democrat Party) will obviously use Ducey`s promised education funding levels as the new education funding baseline as it does whatever it likes, including more illegal strikes and various other demonstrations to try and force ever increasing funding for the Democrat`s agenda items.
    In light of this pathetic performance by Ducey, Republicans would be idiotic to wast time and money trying to re-elect him.

  8. Don’t be lulled into thinking private Catholic School is an alternative, its just as bad as TUSD with their own set of problems. Tuition has skyrocketed. Some schools are struggling to maintain 1/2 capacity. Charter schools are the way to go.

    • That may be but there is also Pusch Ridge, Casas Christian elem & middle school, First Southern Christian elementary, Desert Christian.
      There is Basis Charter, Sonoran Science Academy K-12 charter schools they are East side,DM, and Sunset Rd, off River Rd.
      People you don’t have to submit your children to the usual failing schools, because it’s not just the school itself but the teaching by teachers.
      The ball is in your court.
      Your taxes will go up, but when you take your child out of your school, the $7,000 per child the govt pays each year leaves too, and goes to the new school, how’s that for a payback?

  9. The Cost of Illegal Immigration to the United States

    At the federal, state, and local levels, taxpayers shell out approximately $134.9 billion to cover the costs incurred by the presence of more than 12.5 million illegal aliens, and about 4.2 million citizen children of illegal aliens. That amounts to a tax burden of approximately $8,075 per illegal alien family member and a total of $115,894,597,664. The total cost of illegal immigration to U.S. taxpayers is both staggering and crippling. In 2013, FAIR estimated the total cost to be approximately $113 billion. So, in under four years, the cost has risen nearly $3 billion. This is a disturbing and unsustainable trend. The sections below will break down and further explain these numbers at the federal, state, and local levels.

  10. •The illegal alien population makes up at least 46 percent of the state’s total foreign-born population (1,856,663), and 16% of the state’s total population.
    •Nearly half (47%) of all illegal border crossings into the U.S. occur along the Arizona border with Mexico.
    •From 2001 to 2010, an average of 1,374 illegal aliens a day were apprehended in the Arizona border sector. DHS does not know how many illegal aliens successfully entered Arizona each day during that period.
    •Between 1996 and 2010, the federal government estimates that the illegal alien population in Arizona increased 385%

    • Several years ago I read about the Mexican’s who bring their kids across the border to an AZ school bus stop. No one stops them, these non citizen kids get free ride to school, free breakfast, free lunch, free education where teachers must dumb down their classes to the kids who are below grade level & barely speak English.
      Not TUSD, but just as bad.

      • That’s in Sasabee, they had an expose a few years back but I don’t think anything was done about it.





  15. Do not forget this Education crisis started years ago. The REPUBLICAN Governor and Legislature caused this mess.

    Maricopa and Pima Community Colleges now get ZERO State aide. Out Public Schools have been forced to comply with new laws without any financial support not to mention ZERO help after the recession.

    RedforEd., Do not forget this fact and let’s elect a new Govenor and new Legislature who understand that Arizona top resource is our youth.

    Richard Hernandez

    • And in what UNIVERSE did you read these ‘richard’ facts? This is not an arizona unique issue so how can you preach it is? So once again you show why no one voted for you or ever will. If there was no money HOW COME tusd owes the feds a couple of million in funds they took and were not authorized to receive? How are they going to pay that back, yes you got it with the pay increase.

  16. “Already, private and charters schools have seen an uptick in interest by parents shopping for alternatives.”
    Good! Parents take back control of your children’s education
    You don’t have to take this guff from the teachers or schools.
    Now we see the traitors at work, as noted below;

    ” Democrats insisted on a tax increase,”
    Just one more effort to break the back of the citizenry. They keep this up and the sleeping giant is going to wake like a hungry bear! If the teachers can hold your children hostage, PurpleforParents can also show they alone can release them from the clutches of the traitors.
    As noted before why didn’t their Union negotiate their pay at contracting time.? IMHO they should be fired, just as simple as that.
    They are causing our and their taxes to go up, except that the rest of us are not getting a raise!

    • AMEN! Your Fired – close the districts – its time TUSD be shut for good! The contract remains the contract. It’s just a useless piece of paper… YOUR FIRED!

      • AMEN! again the skys actually became safer after President Reagan fired the air traffic controllers for an illegal strike.

        The sad part of this entire drama it is likely that the teachers will not receive the raise they are expecting because the School boards have no one enforcing their use of the increased revenues. Expect an increased spending in superintendent’s pet projects.

        • Dwayne – your killing me man! ROTFLMAO – they’ve been sanfu’d by their own sanfu – i remember back to the TUSD benefits SNAFU where they as a district couldn’t figure out their own benefits package payments.. over – under – paid! Oh hilarious.. and this was the administration. A true cluster………. ation

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