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Teachers March In Phoenix For Higher Raises In State Budget

Teachers March
(Photo by Casey Kuhn - KJZZ)
Teachers and advocates march in Phoenix for higher raises.

Teachers and education advocates marched Tuesday at the Capitol to ask for higher raises for teachers.

The march included several dozen educators and advocates who brought toy boats to the Capitol as a demonstration.

The march is a response to a comment made by Arizona House majority leader John Allen in regards to teachers who work two jobs. He said the extra income is not to make ends meet, but rather for luxury items, like a boat.

Arizona Education Association Vice President Marisol Garcia said, as a teacher, extra pay is necessary to supplement her current salary.

“The reality is teachers take second and third jobs so they can pay the insurance for their families, pay their bills," Garcia said. "I’m going to be using it to buy classroom supplies and also make sure my son is able to have uniforms for next year.”

The marchers carried signs and chanted for a four percent raise in the state budget for all teachers.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.