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Laila Avery, Reporter

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The 2018-2019 school year kicked off with some startling news. Allegedly, the government has failed to provide teachers with funds for their classrooms. Due to this, the teachers have had to pay for supplies they need for their classrooms out of pocket. A possible explanation for this would be a funding imbalance from the Red4Ed movement that sparked last year. This movement caused people in red to crowd the streets and demand higher pay for teachers and for Arizona’s education to be regarded as a priority. Many teachers at Buena have been strong supporters of the movement, and I thought to ask how they felt about the turn of events.

I asked Mrs. Jaime Mealy, a teacher here at Buena, what changes have occurred since the Red4Ed movement that is now INVESTinED. She said, “Teachers have received a small pay raise… very small.” I continued and asked where she thought the money could come from and she said, “Closing loopholes in tax law for rich people and for the one percent to pay higher taxes in Arizona.” Finally, I asked of what level of the lack of government funding would she draw the line and find it unbearable to work as a teacher in SVUSD or Arizona as a whole, and she replied, “Not following through with any previously committed funds.” The goal, as Mrs. Mealy stated, is to be able to support herself and her family on a teacher’s salary, and to have a permanent funding solution for supplies and training. With the INVESTinED movement running, now it’s simply a waiting game to see when and if these things go into effect. Much of this depends on how Arizona citizens vote this election season. 

Despite these answers, I asked sophomore Casandra Cossio, if she knew schools were lacking government funding or if she noticed any consequences or impacts in the classroom because of it, and she replied that she hadn’t. This just goes to show that most students are not aware of the trouble education is in. An applause is due to teachers for being self-sufficient and consistent in spite of the lack of support and doing all you can to assure student success. Keep doing a good work on behalf of your students, as you are an inspiration.