Thursday, April 26, 2018
The #REDforED movement has issued a warning: Fund our schools or we walk. The grassroots movement has gained momentum over the past few months and has taken
their message to the steps of Governor Doug Ducey’s door. “We’re going to get this done.” Ducey was quoted in response to questions about his plan to approve a budget and increase funding to state schools.The state’s school budgets have been significantly reduced over the past ten years, and those who support the #REDforED movement are asking for funding to be restored back to its 2008 levels. “When teachers are having to pay for basic classroom supplies out of their own pockets, it’s time to take at look at our system and see what needs to be fixed,” a teacher participating in the #REDforED STAND UP walk that lined Baseline Road Wednesday evening said.
In the wake of of the #REDforED movement, Gilbert Public Schools has decided to close its doors until the teacher walk out is resolved. A letter released to the parents on April 23, 2018 stated, “We are planning to close schools on Thursday due to concerns about having sufficient personnel to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”
While no one knows how long this stand off will continue, one thing is clear. Until the legislature provides a plan on paper, the halls may remain silent.