Filipinos joining tens of thousands of Arizona teachers who are seeing red and are walking off their jobs this week to demand more funding for public education.
They held a big protest today in Phoenix, as part of an unprecedented action in a conservative state without many union protections.
Arizona teachers have organized weeks of protests demanding better wages and stable funding, culminating in a vote for the first-ever statewide strike.
Data shows that more than 840,000 of Arizona’s 1.1 million public school students could be impacted by the school closures.
“We’re here today to get funding for our students. We’ve been teaching for 12 years. There has been virtually no funding and money has been bleeding out to charter schools left and right,” said Timothy and Liberty Kester, Washington Elementary School District.
“I’m supporting Red for Ed today because my mother is a teacher and she spends way too much money on her classroom,” said Crescent Brewer. “I think education is underfunded.”
“I’m walking because I’m support staff and unfortunately, we’re not paid enough for the jobs that we do and we’re also not given enough medical resources,” said Saul Hernandez, Alhambra school district.
Despite a plan from Republican Governor Doug Ducey to raise teacher pay by 20 percent by 2020, they said they need more than words.
They want actions and they want state lawmakers to support legislature that would address all of their demands.