The Latest: Arizona teachers staging walk-in demonstrations

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The Latest: Arizona teachers staging walk-in demonstrations
Arizona teachers protest their low pay and school funding in front of a local radio station waiting for Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to show up for a live broadcast Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Phoenix. Arizona teachers are threatening a statewide walkout, following the lead of educators in other states. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on teacher protests in Arizona (all times local):

7:25 a.m.

Teachers wearing red shirts and holding signs are gathering outside Arizona schools to show solidarity in their demand for higher salaries.

Wednesday’s “walk-ins” planned at approximately 1,000 schools are part of a statewide campaign for a 20 percent raise and more than billion in new education funding.

Protests were observed at schools in communities across metro Phoenix, including Glendale, Phoenix and Mesa.

The school demonstrations are organized by Arizona Educators United. The grassroots group has mobilized teachers and supporters across the state through its #RedforEd campaign.

This week it told members to prepare for a possible walk-out that would close schools.

Arizona teachers are among the lowest paid in the nation. The pay push comes amid a national wave of educators demanding higher pay and increased school funding.

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11:35 p.m.

Teachers will be wearing red shirts and walking arm-in-arm at around a thousand schools across Arizona to show solidarity in their demand for higher salaries.

Wednesday’s “walk-ins” are part of a statewide campaign for a 20 percent raise and more than billion in new education funding.

The school demonstrations are organized by Arizona Educators United. The grassroots group has mobilized teachers and supporters across the state through their #RedforEd campaign.

This week it told members to prepare for a possible walk-out that would close schools.

Arizona teachers are among the lowest paid in the nation. The pay push comes amid a national wave of educators demanding higher pay and increased school funding.