Tucson teachers 'walk in' as part of statewide movement

Tucson teachers 'walk in' as part of statewide movement
(Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Teachers across the state took part in a "walk in" Wednesday morning, April 11, as part of the #RedForEd movement.

At Tucson Magnet High School, educators gathered near the intersection of East Sixth Street and North Euclid Avenue at 7:30 a.m. to protest before marching in to their classrooms before the bell rang.

Teachers, wearing red and holding signs, rallied alongside parents and other supporters in the community. Some of their demands include a 20 percent salary increase and more funding for their classrooms.

The goal of the walk-in was to continue the movement and to gather support from parents and school administrators.

Teachers like Marea Jenness say a pay bump is long overdue.

"We just can't give as much as we want to give to our students, if to survive we're working second and third jobs," she said.

As teachers walked in, word spread of a possible walk out.

Arizona Educators United, one of the groups behind the RedForEd movement announced earlier in the week that a walk out was in the works.

One of the leaders of the groups, which has more than 40,000 members, took to social media to let teachers know.

He advised educators to talk with their districts in preparation but said a date for the walk out had not been set.

Meanwhile, teachers who participated in Wednesday's walk in said they're ready for whatever comes next.

"If that is what the teachers decide to do, I'll be there," said Keith Huffman, who teaches at Tucson High.

"We have textbooks that are 20 years old. Our kids are 17 when they graduate. We just need the tools to do our job," added Dawn Myers, who also teaches at the school.

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