Deal reached in Arizona after teachers' walkout; Colorado teachers also walk out

Arizona teachers have pledged to end a strike and return to work if the legislature approves a proposed budget deal between the governor and state lawmakers to raise their pay, despite saying the spending measure does not go far enough.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey could sign the agreement as early as Wednesday and end a walkout that kept most of Arizona’s 1.1 million public school students out of class since last Thursday.

“The war is not over but we’ve won an important battle, to move the legislature this far,” Noah Karvelis, a union organizer and music teacher, said at a news conference.

The walkout in Arizona, where teacher salaries rank among the lowest in the country, followed similar actions by teachers in West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma, which were the first statewide U.S. teacher work stoppages since the 1990s. All four states have Republican governors and Republican-dominated legislatures.

Teachers have demanded that states reverse salary and funding constraints imposed when tax revenues ran short during the 18-month U.S. recession that ended in June 2009.

Teachers in Colorado also walked out of classrooms on April 27 for a second day over the same issues, but little progress was made there on Friday. (Reuters)

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<p>Teacher Taylor Dutro listens as protest organizers announce Arizona teachers intentions to go back to work if lawmakers pass a school funding plan, during the fourth day of the statewide teachers’ strike at the Arizona Capitol Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP) </p>
Phoenix, Ariz.

Teacher Taylor Dutro listens as protest organizers announce Arizona teachers intentions to go back to work if lawmakers pass a school funding plan, during the fourth day of the statewide teachers’ strike at the Arizona Capitol Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP)

<p>Teachers rally outside the Capitol on Monday, April 30, 2018, in Phoenix on their third day of walk outs. Teachers in Arizona and Colorado walked out of their classes over low salaries keeping hundreds of thousands of students out of school. It’s the latest in a series of strikes across the nation over low teacher pay. (Photo: Matt York/AP) </p>
Phoenix, Ariz.

Teachers rally outside the Capitol on Monday, April 30, 2018, in Phoenix on their third day of walk outs. Teachers in Arizona and Colorado walked out of their classes over low salaries keeping hundreds of thousands of students out of school. It’s the latest in a series of strikes across the nation over low teacher pay. (Photo: Matt York/AP)

<p>Teachers rally outside of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s Executive Tower Monday, April 30, 2018, in Phoenix on their third day of walk outs. Teachers in Arizona and Colorado walked out of their classes over low salaries keeping hundreds of thousands of students out of school. It’s the latest in a series of strikes across the nation over low teacher pay. (Photo: Matt York/AP) </p>
Phoenix, Ariz.

Teachers rally outside of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s Executive Tower Monday, April 30, 2018, in Phoenix on their third day of walk outs. Teachers in Arizona and Colorado walked out of their classes over low salaries keeping hundreds of thousands of students out of school. It’s the latest in a series of strikes across the nation over low teacher pay. (Photo: Matt York/AP)

<p>Teachers rally outside the Capitol on Monday, April 30, 2018, in Phoenix on their third day of walk outs. Teachers in Arizona and Colorado walked out of their classes over low salaries keeping hundreds of thousands of students out of school. It’s the latest in a series of strikes across the nation over low teacher pay. (Photo: Matt York/AP) </p>
Phoenix, Ariz.

Teachers rally outside the Capitol on Monday, April 30, 2018, in Phoenix on their third day of walk outs. Teachers in Arizona and Colorado walked out of their classes over low salaries keeping hundreds of thousands of students out of school. It’s the latest in a series of strikes across the nation over low teacher pay. (Photo: Matt York/AP)

<p>Teachers rally outside the Capitol, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Phoenix on their second day of walkouts. (Photo: Matt York/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Phoenix, Ariz.

Teachers rally outside the Capitol, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Phoenix on their second day of walkouts. (Photo: Matt York/AP)

<p>Thousands of teachers and supporters hold up a variety of different signs and end their rally in front of the capital building after marching from Civic Center Park in Denver, Colo., on Friday, April 27, 2018. (Photo: Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Denver, Colo.

Thousands of teachers and supporters hold up a variety of different signs and end their rally in front of the capital building after marching from Civic Center Park in Denver, Colo., on Friday, April 27, 2018. (Photo: Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP)

<p>Teachers rally outside the Capitol, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Phoenix, on their second day of walkouts. (Photo: Matt York/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Phoenix, Ariz.

Teachers rally outside the Capitol, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Phoenix, on their second day of walkouts. (Photo: Matt York/AP)

<p>Participants carry placards during a teacher rally, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Denver, Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Denver, Colo.

Participants carry placards during a teacher rally, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Denver, Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP)

<p>Scottsdale, Ariz. school teacher Sandy Flayton rallies outside the Capitol, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Phoenix, on their second day of walkouts. (Photo: Matt York/AP) </p>
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Scottsdale, Ariz. school teacher Sandy Flayton rallies outside the Capitol, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Phoenix, on their second day of walkouts. (Photo: Matt York/AP)

<p>The view from the the top of the capital steps thousands of teachers and supporters rally in Civic Center Park in Denver, Colo., on Friday, April 27, 2018. (Photo: Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Denver, Colo.

The view from the the top of the capital steps thousands of teachers and supporters rally in Civic Center Park in Denver, Colo., on Friday, April 27, 2018. (Photo: Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP)

<p>Theresa Lafay, a special education teacher in the Denver Public Schools, leads a chant as she and fellow teachers march during a rally Friday, April 27, 2018, in Denver, Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Denver, Colo.

Theresa Lafay, a special education teacher in the Denver Public Schools, leads a chant as she and fellow teachers march during a rally Friday, April 27, 2018, in Denver, Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP)

<p>Peoria, Ariz. high school teacher Angela Murphy rallies outside the Capitol, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Phoenix, on their second day of walkouts. (Photo: Matt York/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Phoenix, Ariz.

Peoria, Ariz. high school teacher Angela Murphy rallies outside the Capitol, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Phoenix, on their second day of walkouts. (Photo: Matt York/AP)

<p>Thousands march to the Arizona Capitol for higher teacher pay and public school funding on the first day of a state-wide teachers strike Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Phoenix, Ariz.

Thousands march to the Arizona Capitol for higher teacher pay and public school funding on the first day of a state-wide teachers strike Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP)

<p>A sign reads “Because education matters, #redfored” as thousands of teachers and supporters begin their rally from the amphitheater at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colo., on Friday, April 27, 2018. (Photo: Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Denver, Colo.

A sign reads “Because education matters, #redfored” as thousands of teachers and supporters begin their rally from the amphitheater at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colo., on Friday, April 27, 2018. (Photo: Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP)

<p>People are dressed in red, many of whom are teachers, show their appreciation as they wave in silent applause from outside of the House of Representatives room in the capital during the deliberation of the measure to offer more support for education as thousands of teachers and supporters rallied in Civic Center Park in Denver, Colo., on Friday, April 27, 2018. (Photo: Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Denver, Colo.

People are dressed in red, many of whom are teachers, show their appreciation as they wave in silent applause from outside of the House of Representatives room in the capital during the deliberation of the measure to offer more support for education as thousands of teachers and supporters rallied in Civic Center Park in Denver, Colo., on Friday, April 27, 2018. (Photo: Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP)

<p>Teachers rally outside the Capitol, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Phoenix, on their second day of walkouts. (Photo: Matt York/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Phoenix, Ariz.

Teachers rally outside the Capitol, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Phoenix, on their second day of walkouts. (Photo: Matt York/AP)

<p>Teachers march during a rally, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Denver. Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Denver, Colo.

Teachers march during a rally, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Denver. Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP)

<p>Teachers rally outside the Capitol, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Phoenix, Ariz., on their second day of walkouts. (Photo: Matt York/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Phoenix, Ariz.

Teachers rally outside the Capitol, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Phoenix, Ariz., on their second day of walkouts. (Photo: Matt York/AP)

<p>Bob Roy, a teacher in Longmont, Colo., holds a placard during a teacher rally Friday, April 27, 2018, in Denver, Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Denver, Colo.

Bob Roy, a teacher in Longmont, Colo., holds a placard during a teacher rally Friday, April 27, 2018, in Denver, Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP)

<p>Keli Kinsella, a teacher in the Cherry Creek school district, waves a sign as teachers march during a rally, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Denver, Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Denver, Colo.

Keli Kinsella, a teacher in the Cherry Creek school district, waves a sign as teachers march during a rally, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Denver, Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP)

<p>Emeila Coleman, 6, of Colorado Springs, Colo., holds a sign that is roughly the same size as she is as she and thousands of teachers and supporters rally in Civic Center Park in Denver, Colo., on Friday, April 27, 2018. (Photo: Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Denver, Colo.

Emeila Coleman, 6, of Colorado Springs, Colo., holds a sign that is roughly the same size as she is as she and thousands of teachers and supporters rally in Civic Center Park in Denver, Colo., on Friday, April 27, 2018. (Photo: Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP)

<p>Teacher Victoria Lively joins thousands as they participate in a protest at the Arizona Capitol for higher teacher pay and school funding on the first day of a state-wide teachers strike Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Phoenix, Ariz.

Teacher Victoria Lively joins thousands as they participate in a protest at the Arizona Capitol for higher teacher pay and school funding on the first day of a state-wide teachers strike Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP)

<p>Thousands march on the Arizona Capitol for higher teacher pay and school funding on the first day of a state-wide teachers strike Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Phoenix, Ariz.

Thousands march on the Arizona Capitol for higher teacher pay and school funding on the first day of a state-wide teachers strike Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP)

<p>Thousands participate in a protest at the Arizona Capitol for higher teacher pay and school funding on the first day of a state-wide teachers strike Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Phoenix, Ariz.

Thousands participate in a protest at the Arizona Capitol for higher teacher pay and school funding on the first day of a state-wide teachers strike Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP)

<p>Amy White, a teacher from Fort Collins, Colo., waves a placard as teachers march during a rally Friday, April 27, 2018, in Denver, Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Denver, Colo.

Amy White, a teacher from Fort Collins, Colo., waves a placard as teachers march during a rally Friday, April 27, 2018, in Denver, Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP)

<p>Participants chant during a protest at the Arizona Capitol for higher teacher pay and school funding on the first day of a state-wide teachers strike Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Phoenix, Ariz.

Participants chant during a protest at the Arizona Capitol for higher teacher pay and school funding on the first day of a state-wide teachers strike Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP)

<p>Teachers carry placards as they march during a rally Friday, April 27, 2018, in Denver, Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Denver, Colo.

Teachers carry placards as they march during a rally Friday, April 27, 2018, in Denver, Colo. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP)

<p>Thousands march to the Arizona Capitol for higher teacher pay and public school funding on the first day of a state-wide teachers strike Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP) </p>
Teachers protest in Phoenix, Ariz.

Thousands march to the Arizona Capitol for higher teacher pay and public school funding on the first day of a state-wide teachers strike Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP)

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