Striking teachers in Pima to hold benefit car wash for injured student

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Striking teachers from Pima will hold a benefit car wash this Thursday for a student who was injured in an ATV crash last weekend.

By Jon Johnson

PIMA/THATCHER – Teachers from the Pima School District may walkout this Thursday, but they won’t be walking out on their students.

Some of the teachers will hold a benefit car wash at the Tractor Supply Company in Thatcher at 2411 W. U.S. Highway 70 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Proceeds from the event will help cover medical costs for a Pima student who was injured in an ATV crash over the weekend.

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Google Earth: The benefit car wash will be held at Tractor Supply Company in Thatcher.

Teachers across Arizona are preparing to go on strike Thursday unless their demands are met. Those demands include:

  • Restoration of per-pupil funding to 2008 levels. According to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, Arizona spends $924 less per student than it did in 2008 after adjustment for inflation.
  • No new tax cuts until said per-pupil funding reaches the national average. A National Education Association report showed Arizona spent $8,080 per pupil in 2016 compared to the national average of $12,682. 
  • A permanent pay structure where teachers would have guaranteed annual raises.
  • Competitive pay for all employees in education.
  • A 20-percent wage increase for teachers.