Arizona governor signs bill to boost teachers' wages

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FILE PHOTO: Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, speaking at Day 1 of Securing Sport 2015 - the annual conference of the International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS) Photo Hilary Swift for ICSS Livepic

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(Reuters) - Arizona's governor signed a budget bill on Thursday that will increase teachers' wages by 20 percent over the next three years, after dozens of the state's school districts canceled classes as part of a strike to demand pay raises.

"Arizona teachers have earned a raise, and this plan delivers," Governor Doug Ducey said in a statement. "This plan not only provides our teachers with a 20 percent increase in pay by school year 2020, it also provides millions in flexible dollars to improve our public education system."

(Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York)

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