TEA Board Statement of Support for #REDforED
The Tucson Education Association, in a collaborative effort with the Arizona Educators United and the Arizona Education Association, has been actively supporting the #RedforEd movement. This movement has seen educators and supporters wear red on Wednesdays, commit to “Walk-Ins” and Informational Picketing to build solidarity and awareness for the real needs of our education system.
Now, educators across the state are being asked to vote on whether they are willing to escalate to “walk-outs” to win more funding and support for our schools. This is an important moment for Arizona educators. If a walkout is called, TEA stands committed to work with our district and community to make sure vital student needs are met. The TEA Board supports each individual TUSD staff member to make their own decision, yet we feel it necessary to make our position clear.
The Governor and Legislature have not addressed our education funding crisis, and our students deserve better. We continue to encourage the Governor and State Legislature to work to appropriately address education funding, and are confident that there is a pathway to bring forward the money, if the Governor chooses to make it a priority.
We firmly believe that this is OUR collective moment. This is our chance as educators, and as Arizonans, to force our state government to take care of our kids. To appropriately fund education. To fill in the gaping $1.1 billion-dollar hole in education funding that has existed for a decade. This is our chance to LEAD Arizona forward! We support all educators, and our desperate need for funding now, and will continue to be #RedforEd. The TEA Board of Directors is in support of a state-wide walkout to achieve these goals.
Approved by the TEA Board of Directors on April 16, 2018.