Arizona House Leaders Make Deal on Ducey's Teacher Proposal

Apr 27, 2018

An Arizona lawmaker says majority Republican leaders in the House have agreed to support Gov. Doug Ducey's plan for a 20 percent teacher raise by 2020 that doesn't address other demands of striking educators.

Gov. Doug Ducey
Credit Arizona Daily Star

State Rep. David Livingston, who leads the House Appropriations Committee, says the deal reached Thursday with the GOP governor should result in a formal budget plan next week. Livingston and his counterpart in the Senate, John Kavanagh, say there are still details to work out.

Livingston says he believes teachers will go back to work when they see the deal gives them a big raise.

It's unclear when educators would end a historic statewide walkout that they launched Thursday with a march to the Capitol. They decided to strike because Ducey's proposal doesn't address their demands for increased school funding and other things.