But educators have since rebuked the offer, insisting that they want a wholesale increase to public school funding so that pay for school staff - not just teachers - is also competitive.
Martinez said she supports the teachers despite the inconvenience because "they are educating our future".
More than 840,000 Arizona students were expected to be out of school Thursday, according to an analysis from the Arizona Republic that tallied up at least 100 school districts and charter schools that are closing.
"I think our students understand that we need a change and enough is enough", Noah Karvelis, a teacher and organizer of Arizona Educators United, said at a news conference Wednesday ahead of the rally.
Many are wearing red as part of the #RedforEd Campaign. Samuels says that, to her knowledge, Ducey has still refused to meet with educators in person and has so far only invited school superintendents to the table.
In Arizona, the AEU has announced five central demands - among which are 20 percent raises for teachers and certified staff in the next school year, smaller class sizes, and yearly bumps in pay until the state reaches the national average salary, which hovers at almost $59,000 per year for public school teachers. In 2016, Arizona ranked 43rd in average teacher salaries, according to a study by the NEA.
Teachers in Arizona held "walk-ins" earlier this month and were met with a promise from Gov. Doug Ducey (R) to increase their net pay by 20 percent over the next two years. To parents, I understand the pain & pressure caused by today's strike. Schools will be closed across the state in support of the walkout, with many observers believing this will become the largest teacher strike in recent history.
Shelly Baum, who teaches seventh grade at Bell Middle School in Jefferson County, says while teacher pay is a big topic of the discussion, most of the signs were meant to focus on their students.
Yet the protesting teachers have already rejected this proposal, calling it unsustainable as it is now drawn up.
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"This is a response to the frustration of education being chronically underfunded by the state and education not being seen as a priority by the state Legislature", said Kevin Vick, president of the Colorado Springs Education Association, D-11's union for certified staff and the only collective bargaining teachers' group in the Pikes Peak region.
In this respect, an NPR/Ipsos Poll released Thursday appears to back him up.
"I had a student in my homeroom ask me why they aren't good enough to have real books", Soyka said. They plan to march to the state Capitol in the afternoon for a rally.
Colorado public school teachers announced a two-day walkout for Thursday and Friday, when they plan to march to the state capitol in Denver. Closures in Colorado affected more than 600,000 students.
Since lawmakers don't have the power to raise taxes without asking voters, they're not expecting an immediate fix. "Anything the state raised over that cap - typically in boom years - would be refunded to taxpayers".
The Colorado Education Association is pushing a November ballot initiative to raise taxes on people who make more than $150,000 a year and on corporations.
Massive teacher walkouts and demonstrations have already occurred in Oklahoma and Kentucky. "People of Colorado Springs showed they're behind our teachers with the mill levy override, but as a state, we haven't hit the most basic funding levels, so the kids aren't being served as they should be".
Arizona teachers walked out of their classrooms on Thursday in an effort to secure more funding and support for districts across our state.