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Downtown Tucson 'Red for Ed' rally marks 1 year since walkout

Posted at 4:28 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 19:31:45-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Wednesday marks one year since the first day of Arizona's most historic walkout -- the "Red for Ed" protest where thousands of teachers walked off the job.

To mark the occasion, parents, students, educators and community members are planning a rally outside the Arizona State Government Building in downtown Tucson.

The rally comes amid a new year of state budget talks. Organizers are calling for Gov. Doug Ducey to solve what they call "the public education funding crisis."

In response, Gov. Ducey's office points to his budget which calls for $165 million in teacher pay raises by the 2020 school year, along with $138 million in new school construction and $68 million to "continue the restoration of recession-era cuts to additional assistance."