Teachers Walk In To Classrooms For Second Day, Prepare For Walkout

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 4:44pm
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A sign from the teacher walk-in at Orangewood School on April 24, 2018.

Arizona teachers continued their rallies before school Tuesday as they get ready for a planned walkout from the classrooms later this week.

Teachers and support staff gathered by Orangewood Elementary School in Phoenix.

Enough teachers took a sick day Thursday for the walkout that Orangewood and all Washington Elementary District schools will close.

That doesn’t stop the worry of possibly losing their teacher certification, though whether that would happen anywhere is still to be seen.

Dianna Bonney teaches gifted classes and was joined by three of her students.

“Honestly teachers are so tired and so busy trying to make ends come together, to make our kids successful in any way we can it’s hard to keep the energy up.”

Bonney says her pay was frozen for six years and even with a doctorate still makes less than her contract a decade ago.

The governor has proposed raises in the budget, but the legislature has not approved funding for them yet.

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