Republic reporter Craig Harris and government accountability editor Pat Flannery discuss Gov. Doug Ducey’s pay raises to staffers in the context of the state budget. Sean Logan/azcentral.com
Arizona teachers and parents brought signs and peanuts — a symbol of low pay — to the state Capitol on Monday evening to rally for teacher pay raises.
The demonstration came in the wake of a report by The Arizona Republic that Gov. Doug Ducey gave many of his top staff a 20 percent pay raise earlier this year.
Monday’s protest came after a similar rally Friday, in which Arizona Education Association President Joe Thomas called on Ducey to give teachers a similar raise. The governor and the Republican-controlled Legislature gave educators a 1 percent annual stipend for this year and next.