#RedForEd One Year Later: Getting An Education Funding Measure On The Arizona Ballot

By Mark Brodie
Published: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 12:08pm
Updated: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 2:04pm

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An estimated 50,000 people filled the streets of downtown Phoenix in April 2018, to march for teachers and school staff across Arizona.

This week, The Show has been talking about the one year anniversary of Arizona’s teacher strike, when tens of thousands of educators left their classrooms and marched to the state Capitol.

The action ended when lawmakers approved a new state budget, which included Gov. Ducey’s proposal for a 20 percent teacher pay raise by 2020. But many people in the education world said, and continue to say, that the plan wasn’t enough.

They tried to ask voters to increase income taxes on some of Arizona’s top earners, but the state Supreme Court would not let the Invest In Ed initiative on the ballot. Many supporters have vowed to get a measure on next year’s ballot to raise money for K-12 education, but there’s no set plan yet.

The Show sat down with three people working on one — Dana Naimark is president and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, Rebecca Gau is executive director at Stand for Children Arizona and Dick Foreman is president and CEO of the Arizona Business Education Coalition.

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