PHOENIX - "There are more teachers talking about it than I've ever heard before," Arizona Education association president Joe Thomas said about a possible teachers' strike in Arizona.
West Virginia teachers went on strike for eight days and were rewarded with a five percent raise in teacehr pay. West Virginia ranked 48th in teacher pay nationwide.
Arizona ranks 49th, and Governor Doug Ducey has proposed only a one percent raise, which averages out to approximately $35 a month.
Here's how things stack up between West Virginia and Arizona when it comes to striking teachers.
Both states are right-to-work states and neither has a single, centralized teachers' union. Neither state's main teacher's union has a strike fund to help striking teachers pay the bills. And both states have technically declared teacher strikes illegal.
However, West Virginia only has 57 school districts. Fifty-five superintendents agreed not to fight the strike, allowing it to continue.
Arizona, by contrast, has more than 200 school districts. In order to be as effective, almost all of the superintendents who lead those districts would have to agree to support the teachers.
Thomas said he doesn't think a strike is imminent, but becomes more likely the longer Arizona stays at the bottom of the list in teacher's pay.
"I don't know ... it's hard to really guess how close we are," he said.