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Some Arizona Parents Keep Kids Home In Solidarity With Teachers

Many Arizona schools were closed for the fourth day in a row as teachers walked on the Capitol, but not all. Vail School District near Tucson re-opened Tuesday.

Some Vail parents think the school should still be closed and kept their students out of school in solidarity with the statewide walkout.

Jackie Chavez moved her students from Tucson to Vail schools because of the better school performance, but thinks now is a time to keep them home.

“It felt like the bully is taking our lunch money from us, forcing us to do something we don’t want to do," Chavez said about the superintendent's choice to open the school. "It felt like a violation. As a parent it felt like a violation of everything we’re trying to do.”

Attendance numbers show 90 percent of the 12,800 Vail students came to class.


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.