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Deal reached in Arizona after teachers' walkout; Colorado teachers also walk out

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced a deal with state legislative leaders Friday to raise teachers’ pay 20 percent by 2020, as educators stayed away from classrooms a second straight day in a spreading revolt over salaries and school funding.

In a joint statement with Arizona Senate President Steve Yarbrough and House Speaker J.D. Mesnard, Ducey said the deal would also restore funding for schools that were cut in the last recession.

The funds would be “flexible dollars for superintendents to use for support staff pay increases, update antiquated curriculum and improve school infrastructure – without raising taxes,” the statement said.

The legislature would work through the weekend “to introduce a budget early next week and pass it shortly thereafter,” the statement said.

Teachers in Colorado also walked out of classroom for a second day over the same issues, but little progress was made there on Friday. The walkouts are part of a wave of actions by teachers in states that have some of the lowest per-student spending in the county. A nearly two-week strike in Oklahoma ended earlier this month with a pay rise for teachers. (Reuters)

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