Statement From Governor Ducey

News Release

April 26, 2018

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today released the following statement regarding today's events and teacher pay:

Without a doubt, teachers are some of the biggest difference-makers in the lives of Arizona children. They need to be respected, and rewarded, for the work they do — and Arizona can do better on this front.

We’ve all been listening but now, it’s time to act. My number one focus right now is passing a 20 percent pay raise for Arizona teachers. This raise is earned, and it is deserved.

To parents, I understand the pain and pressure caused by today’s strike. I want you to know, I am working to get this 20 percent raise passed at the Legislature. But we need your help to make it a reality. Call your legislator and tell them to vote “yes” on a 20 percent pay raise for Arizona teachers. 

We need teachers teaching, and students learning.