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Peoria Unified School District Prepares In Case Of Strike-Induced School Closures

Public districts and charters are gearing up in case of a widespread teacher strike, planned for next Thursday. Administrators are looking for any way to keep schools open.

Peoria Unified School District has 42 schools that could potentially be affected by a walkout.

“What we do have is a great relationship with our teachers," said spokeswoman Danielle Airey. They’ve been doing their best to keep us updated, to keep us informed.”

The statewide walkout is to demand better and more state education funding.

Airey said the district has connections with the city of Glendale, Peoria, local churches and others that could step in and help in case of school closures.

“And they’re offering resources," Airey said. We’re committed to providing access to those resources for our families so we’ll certainly have information built out on our site that details the community partners that are able and willing to help our families.”

Parents will be told 24 hours in advance if a school will be closed.

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.