May 3, 2018 - Economy

Arizona teacher strike pays off with 20% wage hike

Teachers striking in Arizona.

An Arizona teacher at the state capital. Photo: Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill Thursday increasing teachers' wages by 20% over the next three years as part of the passage of the state's new budget.

Why it matters: The deal falls short of initial demands made in March, but Arizona teachers said they would be willing to go back into the classroom if the government passed a budget with teacher raises by Thursday.

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