Educators and their supporters line up on Baseline Road from Apache Junction to Laveen

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In a show of solidarity before the teacher walkout starts today, the community of Maricopa County lined up with educators along Baseline Road from Apache Junction to Laveen from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to show the Governor and the Republican-led State Legislature that the fight to achieve fair compensation for their children’s instructors and support staff,  restore full  funding for their child’s schools, and modernizing their children’s schools has the support of the majority of the people.

Groups of parents, students, and educators from schools across the valley lined up on Baseline Road, mostly wearing red shirts. Some carried signs calling for fully funding our schools which are still funded at below 2008 levels. Walking along the road on McClintock and Baseline and the 101 and Baseline, you can hear the stream of cars honking support to the people lining up on the sidewalks.

Talking with a couple of instructors from a Mesa Elementary School, they relayed that they are willing to keep the walkout going as long as leadership in the Arizona Education Association (A.E.A) and Arizona Educators United (A.E.U.).When asked if they saw this walkout lasting as long as the ones in West Virginia and Oklahoma, they did not know. They said they will continue the fight on Thursday by gathering with fellow educators and supporters at CHASE field at 10:00 a.m. today and then march for a rally to the state capital at 12:00 p.m.

It is important for all sides to meet together and solve this situation for the children of this state who deserve a Twenty-First Education in safe school buildings that are overseen by respected and properly compensated instructors and support staff. Remarks by lawmakers calling for lawsuits against the teachers or accusing the Red for Ed leaders socialists trying to lead a revolution are not helpful. There are ideas on the table that can be negotiated. Instead of trying to make our teachers look like radical insurgents, our Governor should be reaching out to bring all representatives to the table so this can be resolved just in time for students to start class again on Monday.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona-education/2018/04/24/arizona-lawmaker-suggests-lawsuit-over-teacher-walkout-lashes-out-constituent/547694002/

http://tucson.com/news/local/gop-lawmakers-huddle-on-teacher-pay-but-aren-t-talking/article_640b3410-fa4e-5f93-b5e6-734b2d804545.html?id=201408&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.