A Project for Better Journalism chapter

Greenway Turns Red for Ed


Recently, most schools in Arizona were closed for six days due to the new teacher-led movement, Red for Ed. The teachers’ demanded: a higher salary for not just the teachers, but the support staff and better funding for schools. Over the years, funding for schools in Arizona has been decreasing every year, and teachers are not happy.

Every Wednesday, there would be a walk-in. Staff members wore red and showed their support for the movement by holding up signs in front of their schools. After flashing their red signs for 20 minutes, employees would walk into school. For three weeks this went on, and the support grew bigger and bigger every week.

However, on April 26th, the teachers were done with the government not giving them what they wanted and decided to walk out officially. Schools around the state had to close due to a lack of staff members. The walkout lasted an entire week, up until May 3rd. Many of our own teachers attended the walkouts. The following teachers were interviewed before the statewide walkout.

Mr. Morales said that he ¬†participated in the walkouts and his favorite part of the whole movement is the “unity among staff members.”

The march on the capital brought more than 50,000 teachers, staff members, parents and students downtown (see above pic). People coming together is the best way to form a movement, and most all of teachers and students are showing their support, Morales said.

Mr. Mrosinski also said he participated in the walkouts. “It is a general thing, not specific. It comes to general money and what we are willing to do for more funding,” Mr. Mrosinski said. He went to the walkouts during the week students didn’t have school. He said he was there for almost 13 hours one day. He is serious, like everyone else, about this movement.

Mr. Amen also said he participated in the walkouts and the most important part to him is “that funding goes back to the way it was before.” Many other teachers also agree with that statement.

On May 4th, the students and staff finally went back to school. The budget for schools passed and even though the movement did not get everything they had asked for, most staff members was pleased with the fact that some concessions were made. That, however, was only one step of the Red for Ed movement. Teachers say it is going to take years for the funding to go back to the way it was in 2008. Overall, the motivation around the country for #RedforEd is strong, and school employees seem determined to fight for better funding.