Gov.Doug Ducey tweeted out messages of support to teachers, saying they deserve the raise and wanting to move forward.
Teachers did just that Friday morning when they greeted their students as they headed back to campus after more than a week without class.
"I saw one of our special education students run with his arms outstretched to see his instructional assistant," said Mesa School Board Member Jenny Richardson. "They hugged; they were so happy to see each other."
After the bill was passed, one teacher spoke to a crowd gathered at the Arizona state capitol telling them the next steps.
"Your job is to be out in front of your school, 30 minutes before you're due and you are to welcome every single one of those students that has been missing you for over a week," she said.
Not all schools are back in session though. The Creighton School District decided to stay closed Friday, among others.
Some districts have already made the call to extend the school year to make up for days missed during the #RedForEd movement.
The Tempe Elementary School District and the Cartwright Elementary School District are adding days to the school calendar. Even the Dysart Unified District has announced they'll be extending the school year.
"The kids were supposed to make up some of that time, so maybe a week after school?" Jesus Terrazas said about the possibility of extending the school year for his kids. "Whether they do or they don't, I don't have a problem with that."