Teachers in the US state of Arizona have ended their five-day walkout after state lawmakers approved a 20-percent pay raise.
“Signed. Teacher raises are on the way,” Republican Governor Doug Ducey tweeted on Thursday. He had advocated for the increase in response to demonstrators’ demands for better pay and more funding for public schools.
He also posted a video of him signing a budget bill passed during the night by the state’s Republican-dominated legislature.
“This is a big win for Arizona students, teachers and for public education.” he added.
The Arizona Education Association organized the rallies which saw 850,000 teachers on the streets since last Thursday. The organization tweeted that “the education budget has been passed and signed.”
It called for an “end to the walkout.”
However, Democratic lawmakers in the state expressed doubts over whether the promised pay raises would be possible without additional sources of revenue.