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. While immigration has been a hot topic that has dominated politics in recent years, it is fair to say that all people should be granted the opportunity to explore different areas of the world. Moving abroad is one way to do this, with forms such as DS 160 helping foreign nationals to complete their wish of temporarily moving to the United States.
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.