Payday Senior Labor Reporter Mike Elk filed a dispatch from Phoenix from the Guardian:
Unlike West Virginia or Oklahoma, the issues of immigration will probably take center stage in Arizona, as nearly 45% of the school system’s students are Latino and more than half of Arizona’s public school students hail from communities of color.
People say “let’s not bring the race into this discussion”, said the Arizona congressman Raúl Grijalva. “‘It’s simply about a conservative state and their teachers.’ Well, it’s much more complex. Some of the strongest support you are having is from Latino schools and Latino parents.”
Grijalava said the Arizona teachers strike was calling out the racism that he believes is at the core of the underfunding of schools in the Latino community.
“It might not be overt [racism], but it’s certainly covert,” said Grijalva.