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Teachers Walk In To Classrooms For Second Day, Prepare For Walkout

A sign from the teacher walk-in at Orangewood School on April 24, 2018.
Casey Kuhn/KJZZ
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A sign from the teacher walk-in at Orangewood School on April 24, 2018.

Arizona teachers continued their rallies before school Tuesday as they get ready for a planned walkout from the classrooms later this week.

Teachers and support staff gathered by Orangewood Elementary School in Phoenix.

Enough teachers took a sick day Thursday for the walkout that Orangewood and all Washington Elementary District schools will close.

That doesn’t stop the worry of possibly losing their teacher certification, though whether that would happen anywhere is still to be seen.

Dianna Bonney teaches gifted classes and was joined by three of her students.

“Honestly teachers are so tired and so busy trying to make ends come together, to make our kids successful in any way we can it’s hard to keep the energy up.”

Bonney says her pay was frozen for six years and even with a doctorate still makes less than her contract a decade ago.

The governor has proposed raises in the budget, but the legislature has not approved funding for them yet.

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.