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Wear Red for Public Ed | #RedforEd | @WearRedforPublicEd | March 7th
Teachers are seeing red and with good reason. A study by ASU last year determined that Arizona's elementary teacher pay is the lowest in the nation while high school teacher pay is 49th.
Inspired by a teachers strike in West Virginia, the movement has made its way west and will dominate schools today as a sign of solidarity. One Organizer of this initiative, Noah Kervalis, says that the state's "teachers and schools deserve proper funding." And by wearing red teachers and supporters can join forces to signal their grievances with the inadequate pay for those educating the leaders of tomorrow.
The guiding principles of the Save Our Schools March and Call for National Action were originally developed by one of the founders of this page.
The principles behind this focus on equitable funding for all public school communities:
Equitable funding across all public schools and school systems
Full public funding of family and community support services
Full funding for 21st century school and neighborhood libraries
An end to economically and racially re-segregated schools
An end to high stakes testing used for the purpose of student, teacher, and school evaluation
The use of multiple and varied assessments to evaluate students, teachers, and schools
An end to pay per test performance for teachers and administrators
An end to public school closures based upon test performance
Teacher, family and community leadership in forming public education policies
Educator and civic community leadership in drafting new ESEA legislation
Federal support for local school programs free of punitive and competitive funding
An end to political and corporate control of curriculum, instruction and assessment decisions for teachers and administrators
Curriculum developed for and by local school communities
Support for teacher and student access to a wide-range of instructional programs and technologies
Well-rounded education that develops every student’s intellectual, creative, and physical potential
Opportunities for multicultural/multilingual curriculum for all students
Small class sizes that foster caring, democratic learning communities
You can support this initiative by wearing RED for ED in a stand of solidarity with these demands for fair pay!
Supporters can tweet and post pictures with the hastag #REDforED and ask our legislators #AZWhatIsThePlan for public education! It's time to start getting organized locally for statewide action.
Learn more about this campaign | here and here