School walkouts unconstitutional, opines Goldwater Institute

By Catherine Reagor | The Republic

The Goldwater Institute is warning Arizona public school superintendents that they could face lawsuits if they don’t open the doors to students and resume teaching immediately.

In the letter to schools, the conservative think tank said superintendents who don’t reopen schools are failing their constitutional obligations to educate students and risk legal action from parents and students.

Hundreds of schools remained closed for a second day Friday due to teacher walkouts. Thousands of educators and supporters returned to the Arizona Capitol for the second day of the #RedForEd walkout.

Organizers also announced plans for more walkouts Monday.

Teachers are demanding more state funding for education and higher pay.

About 50,000 people joined the walkout protest Thursday, according to Phoenix police. Participants gathered at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix and marched to the Capitol for speeches and a rally to increase teacher pay.

Goldwater Institute Vice President for Litigation Timothy Sandefur called the walkout a flagrant violation of the law.

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