Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Colorado teachers prepare for 'Day of Action'

Colorado teachers prepare for 'Day of Action'

They want the parents to know what the issues are.

Hundreds of teachers are expected to make their way to the state Capitol on Monday for a "Day of Action" to plead with legislators for more funding.

But in Englewood Schools, so many employees planned to be absent that day that the district canceled school for all but its preschool.

The rally, which was organized by the Colorado Education Association (the state's largest teachers' union), comes as the House Finance Committee hears Senate Bill 200. The state's teacher salaries rank 46th out of 50, with educators making an average of $46,000 per year. If passed, it would mean big changes for the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA).

The Colorado Education Association wrote that based on a survey of more than 2,200 of its members, educators are spending, on average, $656 per year out of their own pockets to buy students pencils, glue, binders, snacks and toothpaste, and covering costs of school lunch and field trips.

As part of eight building blocks for change, the agenda calls for fair funding for public schools, including an independent review of the provincial funding formula, an end to EQAO testing and one secular school system for each official language. The Associated Press reports that Colorado underfunds its schools by $822 million per year, but that next year, lawmakers are trying to increase per-pupil spending by 6 percent in next year's budget plan.

"We would rather be with our students", said Ashley, a teacher.

"She takes her time and pays close attention to the details of her work", said Superintendent Stephen Mauney, who read the nomination.

Mr Watkins said the school made mental health counsellors available to students and staff, and classes went on as scheduled.

Dorman Land, who teaches at Century Middle School in Thornton said that includes school supplies, rewards and even food.

"It's about the fact that Colorado has the top performing economy in the country, and yet our schools are still funded at or near the bottom", List said.

Like this: