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Concerned About Health Safety, Educators Consider Strikes And Walkouts

Some Arizona schools are resuming this semester’s classes the first week of August — remotely — but all of them are waiting for official guidance from the governor and the superintendent of public instruction about what’s next. The deadline for that is Aug. 7.

But as educators and families express concern about the possible safety of returning to in-classroom instruction, the head of the American Federation of Teachers said July 28 that individual branches of the organization may need to consider strikes and walkouts and “fight on all fronts for the safety of students and their educators.”

Ralph Quintana is the president of the American Federation of Teachers’ Arizona branch. His Glendale school is resuming remote learning this week.

The Show spoke with him about his main concerns on returning to the classroom.

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