TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Gov. Doug Ducey says Arizona "can do better" when it comes to respecting and rewarding the state's teachers.
Ducey made the comments on Twitter in a series of tweets on Thursday morning, April 26, as teachers from throughout the state converged on the capital for a rally to protest teacher pay and school funding.
The governor urged Arizonans to tell state legislators to vote for a 20 percent pay raise he has proposed for teachers.
Educators contend that the proposed 20 percent raise by 2020 is not enough and that school funding needs to be boosted in order to give students a better education.
Teachers around the state have walked out of school as a form of protest, causing parents to scramble for childcare options.
Ducey said in one tweet, "To parents, I understand the pain and pressure caused by today's strike. ... We need teachers teaching, and students learning."