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Red for Ed activists plan third walk-in this month after Gov. Ducey releases budget details

Posted at 9:52 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 01:28:21-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Governor Doug Ducey released details of the 2020 budget, highlighting Arizona's top budget priority is investing more resources in K-12 education.

But Red for Ed activists say it's not enough, and they're planning the third walk-in this month.

The budget includes more teacher pay raises, boosts in the number of counselors and school resource officers, and funding to expand career and technical education programs.

Teacher pay will increase an additional five percent this year, but some educators say it's not about teacher pay this time.

"We are really disappointed by the proposal of the new tax cuts that would come from the tax conformity," Kate Van Roekel, an educator and Red for Ed activist said.

Van Roekel says lawmakers -- once again -- are not addressing the state's school funding crisis. They want a return to 2008 levels and per-pupil spending to reach the national average.

The group says they would have liked to see the state's $1 billion budget surplus that was put into Arizona's Rainy Day Fund, put toward public schools instead.

"We are aware that we're going to have to fight for every single cent that is going to come our way, and we're prepared to do that," Van Roekel said.

Here's a list of schools participating in a walk-in on Wednesday, May 22:

Alice Vail Middle School

AmeriSchools Academy

Apollo Middle School

Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind & Manzo

Bloom

Borton

Canyon del Oro

Challenger Middle School

Cholla HS

Coatimundi Middle School (Santa Cruz County)

Coronado K-8 School

Desert View

Doolen

Emily Gray

Holladay

Homer Davis

Kellond Elementary

La Cima Middle School

Lineweaver

Los Amigos

Mansfeld Middle School

Marana Middle

Marana High

Myers-Ganoung

Nash Elementary

Roberts Naylor K8

Sierra 2-8

White Elementary