>>>THIS WEEK IN ARIZONA A GROUP OF TEACHERS DEMONSTRATED AT THE STATE CAPITOL WITH DEMANDS FOR THE GOVERNOR AND LAWMAKERS. AMONG THEM, A 20% RAISE OF TEACHERS, THIS ON THE HEELS OF A LEGISLATURE EXTENDING A GRANT. THE GOVERNOR SIGNED OFF ON THE LEGISLATION EARLY THIS WEEK TO EXTEND THE TAX, WHICH WAS SET TO EXPIRE IN 2021. IN 2000, VOTERS APPROVED THE SALES TAX. IT’S SIX TENTH OF A CENT. AT LEAST ONE EDUCATOR IN ARIZONA BELIEVE THE LEGISLATURE COULD DO MORE TO BOOST PAY. SHE USED HER OWN SALARY TO ILLUSTRATE AND HER POST WILL VIRAL ON FACEBOOK. WE VISITED HER CLASSROOM TO GET HER STORY.>>IT’S A BIOGRAPHIC TOME. ME>>FOR TEACHING SECOND GRADE, ELIZABETH MILLAGE EARNED $35,000 A YEAR.>>YOU ARE GOING TO WRITE A BIOGRAPHICAL POEM ABOUT YOUR.>>A DISTRICT LETTER INFORMED HER ABOUT A .4% RAISE FOR COMPLETING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES. THE LETTER ARRIVED THE SAME DAY SHE PAID OUT OF POCKET TO RESUPPLY HER CASE WITH SCOTCH TAPE.>>IT WAS THIS PERFECT STORM OF LIKE, THIS IS WHY I’M READ FOR ED. THIS IS WHY TEACHERS SHOULD BE PAID MORE AND RESPECTED. NOT ONLY ARE WE BUYING OUR OWN SUPPLIES, BUT OUR SALARY IS LAUGHABLE. OUR RAISES ARE LAUGHABLE. AND SO I, JUST NOT EVEN THINKING, SNAPPED A PICTURE OF IT AND PUT IT ON FACEBOOK NOT THINKING THAT IT WOULD HAVE THE AFFECT THAT IT HAS HAD.>>THE POST INCLUDED AN IMAGE OF HER PAY AND SAID WITHOUT HER HUSBAND’S INCOME, MILLAGE COULDN’T AFFORD TO TEACH IN ARIZONA. AFTER DEDUCTIONS, SHE EARNS ABOUT $640 EVERY TWO WEEKS. THE PAY TUB WENT VIRAL WITH HUNDREDS OF SHARES AND COMMENTS. AND IT MADE HEADLINES NATIONWIDE.>>I HONESTLY COULD NEVER HAVE ANTICIPATED THAT IT WOULD HAVE THAT TYPE OF RESPONSE. BUT, AGAIN, I THINK IT REALLY PUT A PICTURE TO THE FACT THAT TEACHERS ARE UNDERPAID.>>HER MESSAGE GARNERED PLENTY OF PRAISE AND THEN CRITICISM. SO MUCH SO, THIS TEACHER OF NEARLY TEN YEARS DELETED THE POST.>>THE BEST COMMENT IS, YOU KNEW WHAT YOU WERE GETTING INTO WHEN YOU WENT INTO THIS CAREER. SO YOU SHOULDN’T BE COMPLAINING. I’M JUST THINKING, THAT’S CRAZY, THOUGH. BECAUSE YES, WE DON’T GO INTO TEACHING FOR THE MONEY. ABSOLUTELY WE DON’T. HOWEVER, WE SHOULD STILL BE ABLE TO LIVE. WE SHOULD STILL BE ABLE TO HAVE A LIVABLE WAGE.>>ON THE HEELS OF A SUCCESSFUL TEACHER’S STRIKE IN WEST VIRGINIA, TEACHERS IN ARIZONA HAVE RALLIED AROUND THE READ FOR ED CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER PAY. SHE HOPES THEY CAN AVOID A STRIKE.>>I HOPE OUR STATE DOESN’T TAKE THAT LONG TO REALIZE THAT A CHANGE NEEDS TO HAPPEN. IT WOULD BE SO SAD TO ME IF TEACHERS HAD TO VACATE CLASSROOMS TO BE HEARD.>>THIS BILL DOES AVERT A CRISIS. IT ELIMINATES THE CLIFF.>>MILLAGE SAYS SHE’S GRATEFUL LAWMAKERS EXTENDED PROP 301 BUT IS CONCERNED IT ONLY MAINTAINS EXISTING FUNDS AND DOESN’T PUMP NEW FUNDS INTO SCHOOLS. SHE DISPUTES A REPORT THAT THE AVERAGE SALARY FOR TEACHERS ROSE MORE THAN 4% IN A YEAR FROM $46,000 TO $48,000.>>THAT IS NOT A TRUE STATEMENT. IN TERMS OF I DO NOT KNOW ANY TEACHERS THAT HAVE RECEIVED A 4.4% RAISE.>>SCHOOL BOARDS DETERMINES TEACHER’S SALARIES.>>I FEEL FORTUNATE, I WORK FOR ONE OF THE BEST DISTRICTS IN PHOENIX. I THINK THAT’S THE THING ALSO, YOU KNOW, IT’S NOT A DISTRICT ISSUE. IT IS A STATE ISSUE THAT FUNDING IS NOT BEING ALLOCATED IN THE RIGHT WAY AND THEN GIVEN TO THE DISTRICTS TO DISTRIBUTE TO TEACHERS.>>IS THAT TRUE? YEAH, THAT’S GOING TO BE — THAT’S GOING TO BE A TRUE STORY FOR ME.>>IF IT MEANS RAISING TAXES, IF IT MEANS LEGALIZING MARIJUANA AND TAXING IT AND ALLOCATING 80% OF THAT MONEY INTO EDUCATION, WHATEVER NEEDS TO BE DONE I AM JUST HOPEFUL THERE’S A SOLUTION. I’M NOT IN POLITICS, SO I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE SOLUTION IS. I KNOW THAT 49 OTHER STATES PAY MORE FOR THEIR TEACHERS, SO WHAT ARE THEY DOING THAT’S DIFFERENT THAN THIS STATE?>>AND FOR A DEEPER