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Ducey Pushes Back Against Claims He Was Dismissive Toward Teachers

He presented a pay raise plan but didn't meet with the group leading the strike.

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Nia Prater
May 9, 2018, 11:24 a.m.

Gov. Doug Ducey (R) is pushing back against claims that he was being dismissive toward striking teachers during the debate about education funding.

Ducey: “I was committed to the budget we presented, not dismissive of the teachers at any point in this discussion. I said I was listening to the teachers and I wanted to get our teachers a pay raise. But the narrative that the press has taken on is that there was a dismissive tone toward teachers."

"The governor called the teacher protests ‘political theater’ in an April 10 interview. Two days later, he rolled out his 20 by 2020 teacher raise plan, which included a 1 percent raise given this school year. But he never did meet with leaders of the teacher group that called the strike on April 26."

Ducey: "One, I want to give the teachers a lot of latitude on a lack of trust because of what's happened with government and what's happened over the last couple of decades and how brutal the Great Recession was. I think every citizen has the right to hold elected leaders accountable." (AP)

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