The #RedforEd movement is holding a press conference because they are outraged about bills in the Arizona Senate and House aimed at cutting taxes. The movement is saying that when they agreed to their 5 demands last spring one of them was going to be no new tax cuts. #RedforEd is asking their supporters “Please plan to be at the capitol have your voices heard and speak up for the students.” Of course it's all for the children. #RedforEd activists are informing their supporters to “Please email your senator and representative now and tell them to oppose SB1143 / HB 2522”
Let’s have a brief history lesson. We all are aware that the #RedforEd movement was hijacked by a guy named Joe Thomas from Arizona Educators Association. Joe Thomas was encouraged by his colleagues to come on The Mike Broomhead show discuss it with me because I have always been fair. The teachers in Arizona demanded that the Governor and the legislature give them a pay raise and the Governor said you know what you're right….you deserve a pay raise. He found a way to give the teachers the raise they asked for. Then you actively had Democrats put up some kind of road block barriers and amendments to try to stop the budget from passing and block the Teachers from getting those raises because the rest of the #RedforEd’s demands. They went on with the tactic and in the middle of the night to fight tooth and nail to stop the very pay raises you originally asked for.
When our state gave you the pay raise you asked for this is proof that this was never about a pay increase this was about tax increases. You demand that the legislature not cut taxes. You started with 70,000 teachers wearing red down at the capitol building and Mr. Thomas you took great organization of those 70,000 teachers and turned it into about a dozen people out in front of the chamber of commerce. That's all you could gather were a dozen people.
This is the way they're running this movement. They are holding a press conference because they didn’t get the demands that no one agreed to in the first place. The #RedforEd movement continues to make teachers uncomfortable if they vocally say I'm not with you. Teachers who don’t want to wear red but just put on red shirts just so they leave them alone during the work day. That's how childish this movement has become.