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Arizona Educators United Use GoFundMe To Support Strike Efforts

UPDATE: Arizona Educators United has closed the GoFundMe, saying via Twitter on Sunday that organizers "realized that we are not ... structurally equipped to manage finances safely while honoring the wishes of donors." The money received will be refunded.

Arizona teachers are planning a statewide strike next Thursday and are looking for more community support that could come in the way of dollars.

A strike fund is typically set up by a union ahead of time to help pay the costs of walking out of work.

But, #RedForEd organizers say they aren’t calling a GoFundMe page raising money a “strike fund.”

Leaders say the campaign with a $5,000 goal was originally meant to help buy and distribute #RedForEd T-shirts and signs. But now, that money will go to support the school walkout.

More than 90 percent all the donations have come after the strike announcement Thursday.

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.