Arizona’s Governor Signs Budget Plan To Give Teachers Raises

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Arizona's governor has signed part of a budget plan that will up teachers' salaries by nearly 20 percent over the next three years.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed the bit of legislation early Thursday as lawmakers continued to debate other sections of the $10.4 billion spending plan.

Under the deal, teachers will get a 9 percent pay increase this year and 5 percent more in each of the next two years. Those raises will cost about $300 million this year alone.

The move comes after thousands of teachers across Arizona went on strike last week. On Wednesday, they promised to end their walkout and go back to work Thursday if the budget plan was approved.

But as of early Wednesday evening, state legislators had failed to pass it. So schools started notifying parents that they'd remain closed Thursday. It's unclear if schools will reopen Friday.