TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Educators from across the state kicked off their walkout with a rally at the capitol Thursday, April 26.
It was expected to be one of the largest demonstrations since the #RedForEd movement swept across Arizona.
Dozens of teachers boarded buses at Anshei Israel on Thursday morning. Other teachers organized carpools for the trip.
They said the demonstration is aimed at showing the governor that they are united in their demands.
Art Almquist, a drama teacher at Tucson High School, plans to join the rally. He said he hopes lawmakers listen.
"Not being in your classroom is painful. It was a hard decision, I can guarantee you, for every single one of us to decide not to come in. But we feel like we have to have the point," he said. "It seems like nothing else has worked, so this is the time to make a point and be really clear with the governor and the legislature, and we're hoping they're gonna listen."
Giada Gallo-Quiroz, who is also a teacher at the school, thinks there's room for negotiation.
"I sense a little bit of flexibility with the governor. But hopefully about 5,000 plus people will kind of drive home the message. I honestly feel like this should've happened a while ago," she said.
The rally was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Meanwhile, several local rallies are planned in Tucson as well.