Teachers say walkout will continue as long as needed

Teachers say walkout will continue as long as needed

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - More than a thousand teachers, supporters and staff lined Broadway at Congress and Granada amid a sea of honking horns, cheers, and waves as the cars passed by showing their support.

The teachers promised to paint the street red and they didn't disappoint.

The #RedforEd movement may be around for a while.

"It's going to take along time to turn this around," said one teacher. "We're in it for the long haul."

"I'm mostly very happy to see that everybody is so much aware now," said Nikki Baily, holding one of her two small children.

A teacher in Vail, said it was not about pay.

"This is not just about teacher wages," said a teacher in Vail. "In fact, I think that's the last thing on some of our minds."

Jessica Jankowski, a teacher in Tucson agreed.

This is about the $1 billion in cuts the state has made to education over the past decade which has hurt the kids.

"We want them to have the materials they need to learn like iPads, technology, enough paper utensils, updated toys," Jankowski said. "Lots of stuff the schools are lacking."

Across town while the rally was going on, the Education Department at the U of A held a Teach In for students who will soon be teachers.

"It's scary, it's terrifying," said Junior Alecia Elliott. "We don't know what's going to happen."

But the events of the past few days have not lessened her resolve.

"I'm probably affected by it," she said "But at the end of the day working with kids, teaching kids, is what I want to do."

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