UA education majors talk Red For ED

UA education majors talk Red For ED
Future teachers (Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Teacher rallies and protests have been all over the news the last few weeks. All inspired by the Red For Ed campaign, to push for higher salaries and more resources for teachers.

For most of the Tucson News Now stories, we talked to teachers and school administrators. People who are being affected by the issue right now.

But what about the future, the students learning to become teachers? What do they think about the issue and do they still want to become teachers?

We went down to the U of A College of Education to search for some of those answers.

Our journey led us to a group of students at Elvira Elementary School on the south-side. That's where we met Ariana Warsco, Haley Lesar and Camille Hastings.

All three are juniors in the early education program which is K-8. Each has a reason for wanting to become a teacher.

Teaching is about making the change for the students, said Warsco.

Lesar said she wants to teach because some amazing teachers helped her get to the point where she is now.

While Hastings stated she wants to be a teacher to inspire her students.

We showed these future teachers the videos of the teacher walk-ins happening around the state. Hastings tells us, it's definitely a sight that she never thought she would see. Lesar felt sad about it, because the teachers have to stand outside on the street to get awareness of the issues they face.

Despite the potential of long hours and current teacher pay, all three plan to graduate in May 2019 and begin teaching during the following school year.

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