August The Great was invited to perform Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous I have a dream speech.
The Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration Committee hosted their 32nd annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. This years theme was “Living the Dream, Passing the Torch and Standing up for Justice”
After watching this speech, you can tell that Rev. Dr. King’s dream and torch is still being passed down to the newest members of this generation.
It is a movement started by teachers, education support professionals, administrators and others in the community who care about the state of education in Arizona.
The goal is to ensure that all students have access to highly qualified and experienced teachers, that educators are compensated fairly, and to improve the educational environment in the state of Arizona.
The Crisis in Arizona:
There is an unprecedented teacher shortage.
We have the second-largest median class size in the U.S.
We are near the bottom in per-pupil spending.
We have the worst counselor-to-student ration in the country
We have endured the largest education funding cuts in the nation
What do the teachers want?
20% raise for teaching and certified staff
Competitive wages for classified staff
Restore overallK-12 funding to 2008 levens
No new tax cuts until per-pupil spending reaches national average
Annual raises until teacher salaries reach national average.
A Call for Community Action
Call your legislators and Governor. Tell them you stand with Arizona’s Educators/Support Staff and support a sustainable funding solution for public education. Here is a link to find your district rep with email and phone number. https://www.azleg.gov/findmylegislator/
Contact Gov. Ducey’s Office and ask the same. 602-542-4331
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