Teachers, parents beg Ducey to delays opening schools and provide full funding

A group of teachers and parents held a rally at the Arizona Capitol to oppose the state’s school reopening plan and delivered a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey on July 14, 2020, calling for online learning to be required through the COVID-19 pandemic and for additional funding for schools. /Photo by Laura Gómez/ Arizona Mirror

By Laura Gómez Arizona Mirror

Maybely Muñoz is not typically outspoken. She described herself as an introvert. But on Tuesday morning, the public elementary school teacher was at the Arizona Capitol and had strong words for Gov. Doug Ducey, who she thinks is putting children, teachers, school staff, and their families in danger by tying school funding to in-person student attendance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ducey has said schools will be able to convene in-person classes on Aug. 17, a date he announced in late June as “aspirational.” While Muñoz recognized that an online learning environment isn’t the best way to educate, her priority is the life of her students as the deadly COVID-19 pandemic grips Arizona.

“What is more important? For kids to play in a playground, to sit in a desk, to be face-to-face with a teacher and friends, or for your daughter to celebrate her quinceañera, for her to be alive? Or for your son to reach 18, or that he is able to drive? Because that means to be alive,” Muñoz said through a megaphone. READ ON:

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