Tucson families prepare for Thursday's teacher walkout

Tucson families prepare for Thursday's teacher walkout
(Source: KOLD News 13)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - With the planned teacher walkout only two days away, families in Tucson are rushing to figure out if their children's schools are closing and what their plan is if that happens.

Marana and Sahuarita unified school districts are planning to close when teachers walk out on Thursday, April 26. As a result, parents are struggling, trying to figure out what to do with their kids. Some are finding childcare alternatives outside of school while others are rearranging vacation dates or leaning on family and friends for help.

Tucson News Now has compiled information and links to information from various schools and districts in the area. The updated list can be seen HERE.

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For some, the concern extends beyond their kids. One grandparent who put six kids through school in the Tucson Unified School District and now helps care for her grandchildren who also go to school in TUSD says she's not concerned about her grandkids - she's concerned about other people.

"The staff in the office and the bus drivers and the people in the cafeteria are not gonna be here and I don't know if they're gonna get paid," Linda Martin said.

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While families wait to see what their children's schools decide, they're sharing their hopes for the future of Arizona schools.

Some say they want the walkout to be quick, others hope the walkout creates a change.

"I would if there's more money that ... would filter down to the schools and the teachers, and the people at 1010 (TUSD headquarters) don't just have bigger salaries. Every year it's like our list of 'Give to the classroom' gets bigger and bigger," Martin said referring to lists of classroom needs that teachers send home with students.

Parents are encouraged by school districts in Tucson to keep an eye on their email, their district's official Facebook page, and their cell phones for updates on what their specific school has planned for Thursday's walkout.

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