Saying they are frustrated, angry and exhausted, three Show Low teachers have been organizing with the #Wear Red for Ed, a grassroots movement for higher teacher pay.

#Wear Red for Ed participants in the Phoenix metro sponsored a march earlier this month, and teacher sick-outs that closed nine school last week. Teachers who left the classroom last week jammed a state Senate hearing in which lawmakers were considering cuts to capital gains and business property taxes — funds teachers say they need in their classrooms and their pocketbooks.

Inspired by the activism of their peers in the Valley and the momentum that helped propel a successful teacher strike in West Virginia and a looming teacher strike in Oklahoma, local teachers say they are at a breaking point.

 Sara Watkins, a fifth grade teacher who is at the beginning of her career, and Patricia Kramer and Lana Howard are mid-career teachers with years of experience under their belt. The three have forged a bond as they have worked together for the past several weeks to organize their co-workers and build support of the #Wear Red for Ed movement.

The teachers say they hope not to strike, but they want to educate the public about what their actual pay is, and why they are so frustrated and angry.

Source : WMI