Goldwater Institute demands punishing striking teachers

Students at Desert Vista High School last April marched with their teachers prior to the walk-out during before-class demonstrations for higher pay. /Kimberly Carrillo/AFN Staff Photographer


By Cecilia Chan | Ahwatukee Foothills News

While many schoolboards, including Tempe Union and Kyrene, stood in solidarity with striking teachers last spring, the Goldwater Institute wants the state Board of Education to virtually make sure that won’t happen again.

The conservative think tank sent a policy memo with the recommendations to the Arizona State Board of Education just days after its members tabled an item to discuss and possibly discipline teachers who walked off their jobs this spring for better pay.

The institute not only wants the board to still consider disciplinary measures – including dismissal – against teachers who walked out. It also asked the board to adopt regulations that would require local school districts to make a more aggressive effort to keep schools open.


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