PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - March 2, 2021 


Human rights advocates applaud Biden's policy to reunite immigrant children separated from parents; pivotal SCOTUS arguments today on Voting Rights Act.


2021Talks - March 2nd, 2021 


President Biden meets with Mexican President Lopez Obrador; DHS Secretary Mayorkas says separated immigrant families may be able to stay in U.S.; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduces legislation for a wealth tax.

After Teacher Strike, AZ Educators Take Demands to Ballot

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to www.newsservice.org
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

Arizona is just one of several states where teachers have walked out this spring, taking inspiration from a successful teacher strike in West Virginia. (Katherine Davis-Young/PNS)
Arizona is just one of several states where teachers have walked out this spring, taking inspiration from a successful teacher strike in West Virginia. (Katherine Davis-Young/PNS)
June 12, 2018

PHOENIX – Educators and community members who led the Red-for-Ed walkouts in Arizona this spring now are hoping to take their fight to November ballots.

The Invest-in-Ed campaign proposes to boost funding for Arizona schools through an increased state income tax on the wealthiest Arizonans. It would apply to couples earning more than $500,000 per year, or single-person households earning more than $250,000. To get their proposal onto Arizona ballots next fall, the group needs more than 150,000 signatures by July 5.

John Buckley is chair of the Invest-in-Ed campaign and a longtime high school teacher in Mesa.

"We've seen a governor and a legislative body who have decided they can only do half-measures, so we're going to take the reins and we're going to do it ourselves," he says.

More than 50,000 Arizona teachers and supporters marched to the state Capitol in a five-day walkout in April and early May. They called for legislators to raise pay for teachers and school staff, and increase classroom spending.

In the end, Gov. Doug Ducey and state lawmakers offered teachers a 19-percent raise over three years, but the state budget did not address teachers' concerns about restoring school funding to 2008 levels.

Invest-in-Ed organizers want the ballot measure to cover some of the demands that were not met after the walkout. They expect their proposed tax could raise $690 million to be put toward teacher salaries, maintenance and operating costs. Buckley says that could make an important impact.

"There's large changes that we have to make to make sure that we can fund education in this state, and this is one piece of funding education," he adds.

Organizers say they're optimistic their measure would have support. A recent survey by research group FM3 showed 70 percent of surveyed Arizona voters say there is "great need" for additional public school funding, and around 65 percent indicated they may vote yes on a measure that raised taxes on high earners to make it happen.

Katherine Davis-Young, Public News Service - AZ