Arizona: #RedforEd -- Governor Ducey Forced to Invest in Education

Author
David Wells
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
California Journal of Politics and Policy
Volume
11
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Institution
Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley
Abstract
The FY2019 budget saw the country’s largest movement of teachers descend on the state capital and force Governor Doug Ducey to scramble to save his re-election prospects. Gradually growing through social media, the #RedforEd movement culminated with 50,000 teachers and supporters walking out of classrooms and descending onto the Capitol grounds. Gov. Ducey deftly rose to the occasion from his initial one percent raise to a 20 percent raise by FY2021 before the walkout commenced, moving the pressure to legislators to seal the deal, which they did on May 3, 2018. Stronger revenue growth than prior years enabled the governor and Legislature to find the necessary funds.
Topic
Education, Fiscal Policy, State Funding
Political Geography
United States, Arizona