PHOENIX — Hundreds of thousands of Arizona schoolchildren can go back to class now that the Legislature passed an Education Funding Deal, ending a six-day walkout that shuttered classrooms around the state.
Strike organizers called for an end to the walkout Thursday after a dramatic all-night legislative session resulted in a 20 percent pay raise by 2020. Some districts planned to reopen Friday, while others said they would resume classes next week.
“We will return to our schools, classrooms, and students knowing that we have achieved something truly historic,” said a joint statement issued by Arizona Education Association President Joe Thomas and National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia.
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