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AZ Merit Tests Underway As Teachers Remain United For Pay Raises

As Oklahoma teachers returned to their Capitol demanding more funding for education Monday, Arizona teachers vowed to continue applying pressure during AZ Merit Standardized Testing weeks.

Rather than walk out of classrooms, Noah Karvelis with Educators United said they'll hold walk-ins over the next few weeks.

"Parents and the teachers will unite arm and arm and walk through the halls of the school and show their solidarity," he assured supporters.

Karvelis, a Tolleson music teacher, launched the "Red for Ed" campaign under the social media banner Arizona Educators United.

After watching teachers in West Virginia, and now in Oklahoma, demand more pay for teachers and classrooms, he said Arizona teachers want and deserve a 20 percent pay raise.

Karvelis said Governor Doug Ducey could cover it if he made it a priority over corporate tax breaks.

"Corporations are paying over $600 million less than in 2007," he reasoned. "So, right there we have hundreds of millions of dollars where he could plug some of those holes."

Karvelis argued that alone could bridge the gap between the $400 million Ducey has pledged in his upcoming budget proposal and the $680 million it would take to cover the 20 percent pay raise.

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Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.