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Arizona Schools Prepare To Close Monday As Teachers Plan Third Day Of Walkouts

School districts are planning for the teacher walkout extending to Monday and many are staying closed.

Nearly all the state’s largest districts closed Thursday and Friday and some are now looking to close Monday.

Deer Valley and Mesa Unified School Districts announced they would be closed for as long as the walkout continues.

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Peoria Unified School District also said schools will shut down Monday. So will Chandler Unified Schools. Chandler district initially announced it would stay open, after considering a poll of teachers and staff, but determined on Friday there would not be enough educators and will close school doors.

Districts will have to make up the lost days at the end of the school year.

Education group leaders say they hope to work over the weekend with lawmakers and teachers, then rally at the Capitol again Monday if nothing changes.

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.