Arizona Teachers Union Lays Out Vision For Next School Year

By Steve Goldstein, Jill Ryan
Published: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 8:36am
Updated: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 1:50pm

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Arizona Education Association, Marisol Garcia
Joe Thomas and Marisol Garcia.

As the school year winds down, educators are looking ahead to next school year. 

Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association, predicts districts will look into hybrid programs where students alternate between in-person and online learning. But the future remains uncertain. 

“I believe schools will start on time. I don’t know that the first day of school in 2020 will look like the first day of school in 2019," Thomas said.

He also says he can’t imagine classes going back to normal considering how easily the coronavirus is transmitted. He says districts may also look at staggered schedules or less school hours, but the question remains on how districts will implement the new operation.

For more on the AEA's vision for public schools ahead of the fall semester, The Show spoke with Vice President Marisol Garcia.

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