In addition, Ducey stated more dollars are available for teachers and schools due to the reduction of state government operated budgets through strategic efficiencies, caseload savings and a rollback of some of the governor's office proposals included in fiscal-year 2019 executive budget. He has proposed to boost teacher salaries 20 percent by 2020.
Democratic Rep. Rebecca Rios acknowledged she was amazed at what a threatened teacher strike in an election 12 months can get the Republicans to do.
Arizona teachers are among the lowest paid in the nation.
The proposal, which must be approved by the Arizona Legislature, also calls for a full reversal of recession-era cuts to education funding in the next five years. As such, Arizona's budgets are still exceptionally tight a decade after the recession.
The governor's proposal includes a 9 percent increase that would go into effect this fall, bringing the median teacher salary in Arizona to $52,725.
Arizona lecturers had been cool to Ducey's announcement, saying they wanted particulars sooner than reacting.
"What he gave us today was just a proposal, it wasn't legislation, and we don't know where the money's coming from and we don't know if he's talking about everybody involved in education or just classroom teachers", Tucson teacher and Arizona Educators United organizer Derek Harris said.
"Are we going to trust legislators with this plan that kind of came out of nowhere, that they say that they're going to work on all weekend long?"
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Joe Thomas, the president of the Arizona Educators Association, described thta proposal as a "shell game" that will force schools to make do with outdated equipment and school facilities.
This week it told members to prepare for a possible walk-out that would close schools.
Harris is one of a handful of teachers who started Arizona Educators United in early March. Teachers, students and parents donned red and gathered outside campus before school began to demonstrate as part of the #RedforEd campaign.
The proposal is part of budget negotiations and will still require votes in the House and Senate.
On Wednesday, Arizona teachers staged a statewide "walk-in", demanding an increase in pay and more funding for schools overall. John Elegood, a Kofa High School teacher said.
Ducey was vague about where the cash would come from, only saying a growing economy and lower spending in other areas unexpectedly freed up $274m this year that can be used to fund the raise.
House Speaker J.D. Mesnard provided an alternative plan that would redistribute money from school buildings and upkeep and direct it to teacher salaries, resulting in a 6 percent raise next year. But he already proposed $100 million in his budget plan as a start to restoring almost $400 million cuts made earlier in the decade - including $117 million he cut in 2015.
"We are continuing our commitment to prioritize public education - without raising taxes while maintaining Arizona's balanced budget", Ducey tweeted Thursday. "We are also making significant investments in Arizona classrooms in a responsible and sustainable way".