Governor announces budget deal with teacher pay raise — but gives no details

Anna Cicero, (center left) a teacher and school counselor at Mesa Public Schools, waves an Arizona flag, as Julie Cieniawski, (center right) a teacher at Scottsdale Unified School District, holds a sign at a RedForEd rally at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on the second day of the Arizona teacher walkout on Friday, April 27, 2018.

By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic

Gov. Doug Ducey late Friday announced he had secured a deal with state lawmakers to approve his proposed pay increase for teachers, but did not provide any details of the plan.

The announcement came after lawmakers hit a stalemate Thursday and adjourned for the weekend, even as tens of thousands of teachers marched on the state Capitol demanding higher pay and increased education funding.

Many protesters said Ducey’s previously proposed pay raises, which total 19 percent over three years, were not enough. That plan relies on projected increases in state revenue, rather than a dedicated source such as a tax, to fund the increases.

Ducey issued a statement after 3 p.m. along with Senate President Steve Yarbrough and House Speaker J.D. Mesnard, both R-Chandler, saying they reached an agreement.

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