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Doug Ducey announces budget deal for Arizona teachers

Posted at 4:03 PM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 21:50:45-04

Gov. Doug Ducey announced on Friday afternoon that Senate President Steve Yarbrough and House Speaker J.D. Mesnard have reached a deal for Arizona teachers.

Ducey released the following in a statement: "Earlier this month, we stood shoulder to shoulder, in unity with the education community, to announce a plan for a 20 percent increase in teacher pay by school year 2020. Today, we are pleased to announce that this plan is a reality. Arizona is delivering on its commitment to our students and teachers."

"We are also restoring recession-era cuts to increase funding for schools and putting more money into the classroom -- flexible dollars for superintendents to use for support staff pay increases, update antiquated curriculum and improve school infrastructure -- without raising taxes. This plan benefits our children’s education across the state, and we are working through the weekend to introduce a budget early next week and pass it shortly thereafter.”

The deal comes on the second day of statewide teacher walkouts.