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Red for Ed activists rally in downtown Tucson

Posted at 6:11 AM, Sep 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-06 12:11:01-04

The support for Red for Ed is still pouring in after a major ballot measure of the movement was kicked off the ballot.

Supporters are trying to keep this fight for public education alive. A "Red for Ed Tucson Rally and March" is planned for 4 p.m. Wednesday downtown, starting at Armory Park and ending at Tucson Electric Power and Wells Fargo.

Supporters say they're outraged Prop. 207 -- known as the "Invest in Ed" initiative -- was kicked off the ticket last week. The measure would have put an additional $690,000 into Arizona public and charter schools by taxing the highest-earning Arizonans. The Supreme Court cited "unclear language" in its ruling that the measure couldn't appear on November's ballot.

Tucson-area protesters are not alone. Red for Ed supporters in Phoenix will be protesting in front of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce building Wednesday afternoon as well. They're continuing to meet with potential elected officials to share why keeping public funding in Arizona's public schools is so important.

This Arizona-based issue has the entire country watching. On Tuesday, September 4 was declared "National Red for Ed Day" by the National Education Association. Local organizers still plan on canvassing their communities to get people to register to vote, and encourage them to support candidates who support investing in education.