Southern Arizona educators call for change as part of statewide movement

Southern Arizona educators call for change as part of statewide movement
Becky McComish, said their goal is to highlight the problems facing public education in Arizona.

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Educators from across the state are joining forces with parents as part of a movement called Arizona's Day of Action for Education.

Teachers, parents and advocacy groups plan to hold rallies and demonstrations at various locations with the hopes of getting the attention of lawmakers.

In Vail, educators will gather for a rally outside the Walmart near Houghton Road and I-10.

One of the organizers, Becky McComish, said their goal is to highlight the problems facing public education in Arizona.

She said that includes crowded classrooms, low per-pupil spending and low teacher salaries. McComish said teachers are leaving our state, creating vacancies and that's putting a strain on districts.

The veteran teacher said it's something she's struggled with firsthand. Until recently, McComish said she didn't see a raise in 10 years.

She said these issues are having a ripple effect.

"If we don't properly fund classrooms and if we don't give teachers a livable wage, it's going to affect the entire education system. If we don't have teachers in the classrooms our students can't learn, so we need to address it today," she said.

The rally is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m.

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