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Arizona Teachers Voting This Week On Whether To Call A Strike

Starting Tuesday, Arizona teachers at schools across the state are voting on whether to strike.

Grassroots group Arizona Educators United is calling the vote after Gov. Doug Ducey reacted to strike threats by announcing a plan for teacher pay raises.

Higher teacher pay is one demand from the group, but leaders are skeptical because the money doesn’t fix public education funding shortfalls. The plan also doesn’t include dedicated raises for support staff.

So, to gauge whether there would be support of a strike, teachers are filling out paper ballots through Thursday. The tally will go to group leadership and a decision will be made Friday.

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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.