Hundreds of Arizona Teachers Protest Doug Ducey’s Failure on Education

ADP to teachers: Keep protesting. Keep fighting. Keep demanding for higher pay.

PHOENIX – More than 300 Arizona teachers surprised Governor Doug Ducey yesterday by protesting his failures on education right outside of a monthly radio interview with KTAR. The protest interrupted newscasts, prompted push alerts, and led online coverage across Phoenix.

Arizona teachers continued their #REDforED efforts and showed their anger at Ducey for underfunding their schools and handing them the worst pay in the nation. In fact, Doug Ducey’s mismanagement of Arizona’s schools has beenchronicled nationwide and has brought the state toward the bottom in the nation of “Best States” to call home.

“Arizona teachers, keep protesting. Keep fighting. Keep demanding for higher pay and for your voices to be heard. Doug Ducey has done nothing but drag Arizona’s education system to the bottom of the barrel,” said Herschel Fink, executive director. “From meager teacher pay to underfunding our schools, Arizona’s educators and children deserve more than the business talk from Doug Ducey. It’s time Arizona #DitchDucey in November.”

The surprise protest followed what has been a turbulent week for Doug Ducey. Not only did an independent fact check find Ducey’s claims about his record on education to be false, but local media questioned whether or not the governor was in denial about the poor state of the Arizona’s school system.

Take a look at the blackeye Doug Ducey received overnight.

KTAR“Arizona educators, supporters protest Gov. Doug Ducey’s KTAR visit”

KTAR“Gov. Doug Ducey visits KTAR amid large protest of educators, supporters”

“Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey visited KTAR News for his monthly exclusive interview with Mac and Gaydos on Monday, as hundreds of educators and supporters gathered outside to call for higher wages.” […]

Fox 10“Arizona teachers demand better pay, benefits during protest outside Phoenix radio station”

“Arizona teachers spoke out once again on Monday, demanding better pay and benefits.

Late Monday afternoon, a big group of teachers and education supporters protested outside the studios of KTAR-FM, where Governor Doug Ducey was doing an interview.”

“Teachers in the state say they can't afford to live on their currant salaries, and there's even growing talk of a possible teacher strike. On Monday, many teachers wanted to make sure the Governor heard their concerns.

‘I've been teaching for 17 years and I have a master's degree and I can barely afford paycheck to paycheck,’ said Lisa Vaaler.

The #RedforED movement mobilized on social media, and many demanded a plan from the Governor on how the state was going to provide more money.

‘I spend probably about $300 a year on my own supplies for my students,’ said Vaaler.”

‘I haven't gotten a decent raise in 10 years,’ said Vaaler. ‘This last year, we got a 1.5 percent. Ducey says we get 9 percent. No we do not.’

Arizona Republic“Arizona educators stage #RedForEd protest outside Gov. Doug Ducey event”

“Ducey spoke on KTAR's "Mac and Gaydos Show" on Monday eveningwhile about 300 educators marched and chanted outside the Phoenix radio station.

The protest was the latest effort to further the Arizona Educators United grassroots movement that started when thousands of educators wore red to school in support of higher wages.” […]

“Teacher Noah Karvelis, one of the organizers of Arizona Educators United, said protesters were not satisfied with Ducey's answers.

‘We need answers. We need a plan and we need to see it, fast,’ Karvelis said. ‘Until he gives a plan, we’re going to keep taking further steps here and increase our action.’

Educators outside the studio wielded signs that spoke to their frustrations with what they believe has been a slow response from the state to address a statewide teacher crisis.

They repeatedly chanted, ‘What's the plan, Ducey, what's the plan.’ Several cars honked as they passed by the educators near 16th Street and Northern Avenue.

"He needs to realize that he can't keep his eyes closed on the issue," Chad Schafer, a teacher at Tres Rios Service Academy, told Mac and Gaydos when asked what he wanted to tell Ducey.

‘Schools and students are losing amazing teachers because they cannot keep up,’ said Schafer, adding that he lives with three other teachers ‘to get by.’” […]

“Lupita Almanza, a second-grade teacher in Mesa Public Schools, said she protested Ducey because ‘we're not funded enough.’

‘There's a lot of talented teachers that I've seen leave the classroom because of their salaries,’ Almanza said. ‘They can't make it work. It's not a livable wage for them. I live paycheck to paycheck.’” […]

Last week's #RedForEd protest started with a group of teachers banding together on social media and ended as arguably the largest demonstration of unity among Arizona educators in recent history.”

AZ Family: “Hundreds protest low teacher pay at Phoenix radio station”