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Arizona teachers call strike vote despite raise plan

Teachers walk arm-in-arm with students and parents into Tuscano Elementary School as they stage a "walk-in" for higher pay and school funding Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Phoenix. Teachers gathered outside Arizona schools to show solidarity in their demand for higher salaries staging "walk-ins" at approximately 1,000 schools that are part of a statewide campaign for a 20 percent raise and more than $1 billion in new education funding. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Teachers walk arm-in-arm with students and parents into Tuscano Elementary School as they stage a "walk-in" for higher pay and school funding Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Phoenix. Teachers gathered outside Arizona schools to show solidarity in their demand for higher salaries staging "walk-ins" at approximately 1,000 schools that are part of a statewide campaign for a 20 percent raise and more than $1 billion in new education funding. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona teachers who have pushed for big raises and an increase in school funding say Gov. Doug Ducey’s teacher raise proposal falls short and they’re moving to take a strike vote.

The leaders of the grassroots group Arizona Educators United posted a video on Facebook April 15 night saying three days of voting begins April 17.

The Republican governor proposed on April 12 a 9 percent teacher pay raise this year and 10 percent more by 2020, on top of 1 percent they are getting this year.

But he didn’t address teachers’ other demands, which include raises for support staff, a return to pre-Great Recession school funding levels and no more tax cuts until school spending reached the national average.

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