TUCSON, Ariz. - Save Our Schools Arizona held 10 meetings across the state as part of “Arizona Day of Action.”
A meeting in Tucson was held Wednesday in the Geneva Room at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church.
Local groups Save our Schools Arizona, Arizona Educators United, and Arizona PTA sponsored the day of action to demand better for teachers, schools and kids, according to a press release.
The message they hope to get out: “Arizona voters have had enough of bad education policy by state lawmakers."
More than 140 educators, parents, members of advocacy groups were in attendance.
"The funding crisis is just that it is a crisis and it is going to take the voices of parents, voices of teachers, superintendents and school districts and all the groups working together to apply pressure to our state legislature and our governor," said Stephanie Hamilton, a member of Save Our Schools Arizona.
This comes after Governor Doug Ducey signed an education sales tax plan earlier this week that will bring in about $667 million dollars a year to Arizona schools. But members say that is a step in the right direction, but won't make a difference.
Arizona educators read out demands, including funding for pubic schools to return to where it was in 2008 and for all teachers to receive an immediate 20% raise.
Red For Ed will be holding a public protest rally next Wednesday at Tucson High Magnet School starting at 4 p.m.