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Sahuarita teachers, supporters to rally for education

Posted at 10:46 AM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-05 00:21:02-04

The Sahuarita School District for Arizona Educators United joined the Red for Ed movement Wednesday. 

Educators and supporters rallied in Sahuarita from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the corner of Sahuarita Road and Rancho Sahuarita Blvd.

About 100 teachers, parents, and students showed up to share their concerns for the future students and education in Arizona. 

"We really want to show our state leaders our whole state that education feels it is being short-changed and our students deserve more," said First-grade teacher Mary McGraw. 

Luis Sainz has been teaching for 12 years and says the budget cuts have affected him personally. 

"I work two jobs and been working two jobs for about 9 of the 12 years," he said.

Sara Mora has been teaching for eight years and says every year before signing her contract she looks at her finances and has to decide can she actually afford to be a teacher. However, she says it is worth it. 

"It is definitely my students," Mora said. "The relationship with my students keep me coming back every single year and I love my 23 second graders." 

The teachers say they won't quit because they love their students and job, but will keep rallying until they see change. 

Teachers are planning a walk-in next week.