Arizona’s teacher walkout is as much a lesson for adults as it is one for kids.
EJ Montini, opinion columnist
Gov. Doug Ducey says he has reached a deal to raise teacher pay by 20 percent by the year 2020.
Ducey, Senate President Steve Yarbrough and House Speaker J.D. Mesnard released a statement saying in part, “Earlier this month, we stood shoulder to shoulder, in unity with the education community, to announce a plan for a 20 percent increase in teacher pay by school year 2020. Today, we are pleased to announce that this plan is a reality. Arizona is delivering on its commitment to our students and teachers.”
First, their “plan” must get through the Legislature.
One side talking to itself is NOT a deal
Second, Ducey, Yarbrough and Mesnard are all on the same side. They were not negotiating with teachers, but among themselves.
The other half of this particular negotiation is … you know … the TEACHERS.
A deal is not reached when one side of a negotiation announces that it agrees with itself.
That is what Ducey did.
Plus, Ducey’s announcement did not include specifics.
Teachers, being teachers, want to see the work.
Not just promises but proof
They don’t accept a solution from a student until they are satisfied that the math is correct and the conclusions reached are provable.
Which is why Joe Thomas, President of the Arizona Education Association and Noah Karvelis, music teacher and Arizona Educators United organizer issued a statement in response to the governor’s statement that reads in part, “We have a press release and a tweet from the governor. We have no bill. We have no deal. The devil is in the details.
“We know that we have been down this road before. He makes promises that he can’t keep. We just can’t trust him.
“But here’s what we know. Over 100,000 people marched on the Capitol over the past two days. We stood in the heat for hours and hours. We marched and we rallied. We honored our students by speaking truth to power.”
Instead of talking they ‘ran from red’
They added, “When the governor and his friends at the Capitol had a chance to meet with us they left town.
“They ran from red…”
This is true.
The Legislature hastily adjourned at the end of last week to avoid being at the Capitol when tens of thousands of educators and their supporters marched there.
Who wouldn’t be skeptical?
In other words, the same lawmakers who are demanding that teachers return to work fled from their own workplace.
Is it any wonder teachers don’t trust their so-called “deal.”
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