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Teachers in Arizona, Colorado begin statewide strikes

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/26/18, 12:06 pm

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey appealed to parents Thursday to help persuade state lawmakers to give public school teachers a raise. The unusual request came just hours before as many as 50,000 educators are expected to march to the state Capitol in Phoenix to demand pay raises and an increase in classroom funding. Ducey, a Republican, has pledged to work toward a 20 percent salary increase by 2020, but teachers voted last week to strike anyway. Lawmakers have so far rejected Ducey’s proposal, saying they don’t know how they can pay for it.

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Student shot at Florida high school, gunman in custody

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/20/18, 11:16 am

A Florida high school student shot a classmate in the ankle Friday morning, prompting the school to go into a lockdown. After firing a single shot, the gunman dropped his weapon and tried to hide, according to one student who witnessed the incident. Police quickly arrested the shooter. Investigators in Ocala, Fla., have not released any information on the gunman or the victim, other than to confirm they are both enrolled at Forest High School.

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Arizona teachers approve walkout

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/20/18, 11:04 am

A majority of Arizona public school teachers voted to stage a statewide walkout April 26 to call for higher wages. According to the Arizona Education Association, 78 percent of the 57,000 teachers who participated in the vote approved the strike. “This is undeniably, clearly, a mandate for action,” said Joe Thomas, the association’s president. After weeks of protests capped by a “walk-in” last week, during which teachers left the classroom briefly to hold rallies on their school campuses, Gov.

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