FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jonathan Gelbart Encourages Focus on Solutions, Not Walk-Outs
Tempe, AZ (April 26, 2018) – Jonathan Gelbart, Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, today released the following statement on Arizona’s statewide teacher walk-out:
"Arizona's teachers are clearly beyond frustrated with the longstanding lack of sufficient funding for K-12 public education in our state. I share that legitimate frustration. However, with Governor Ducey’s significant 20 percent pay raise by 2020 on the table, I believe today’s walk-out is premature and will be detrimental to the cause of getting more money to our classrooms. I stand with the more than 12,500 educators who wanted to go to work today, prioritized their students, and voted against this walk-out.
"I am confident the legislature will pass the 20x2020 plan, and because of that, teachers can expect an additional 9 percent raise this fall. Beyond that, restoring school funding to 2008 levels simply cannot happen overnight. The only path to success in that effort will require building significant public trust. Advocates for education should avoid damaging that trust and, instead, concentrate on devising concrete solutions to take to the voters for a sustainable, long-term funding source for education.
"To all of Arizona’s teachers and school support staff, thank you for the work you do every day serving Arizona’s children."