Teachers at elementary school in South Salt Lake hold ‘walk-in’ for education funding

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SOUTH SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News)— Educators, teachers, and community members organized a “walk- in” at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School Friday. 

“We can still go on with our teaching day but we wanted to make sure we were in solidarity with all of the teachers,” organizer Taylor Layton said. 

Officials with the school say a “walk-in” is less destructive for students. During a walk-in, participants gather in front of the school before the day starts and then walk-in together. This demonstration coincides with several across the state.

A half-day has been planned at Salt Lake City School District as part of the protest.

The Salt Lake Education Association is calling it a Day of Action.

After school is over, hundreds of teachers will walk from the Federal Building to the Capitol for Educators Day on the Hill. As lawmakers decide how much funding goes to education, teachers are hoping to put pressure on them. 

“I think with more funding we could get more resources so teachers like me and the rest of the teachers out here don’t have to take money out of their own pocket,” teacher Alex Donahue said 

Teachers are demanding lawmakers to put the state’s surplus into education, a 6% increase across the board, and paid parental leave. 

“It will help retain teachers and it will help our students- a lot of there is a lot of stresses and a lot of need,” organizer Taylor Layton said. “We are all asking for a 6 % increase on the WPU. 

This is a developing story, updates will be posted as more information becomes available.

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