Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Colorado Teachers Next to Strike

Colorado Teachers Next to Strike

In Oklahoma, teachers staged a walkout beginning April 2, demanding pay raises for themselves and support staff, funding for elective courses, and enough money to replace old, battered textbooks.

The rally is organized by the Colorado Education Association, the state's largest teacher's union.

For nine days, thousands of educators and supporters headed to the Capitol to demand an increase to education funding.

Teachers say it's about more than a salary raise.

Some district teachers will head to the Capitol. Teacher however, are to return to work today. The school year is set to end on May 31. According to the National Education Association, Colorado teachers average $US46,000 per year, and rural-based Colorado teachers can make as little as $US30,000. A day they hope will show signs of progress.

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But Preist said the efforts by teachers to win more money for education is not over. Galvanized by successful wage hike protests in Arizona and West Virginia, union members expect around 400 teachers to lobby lawmakers for change.

She also implored teachers to focus on unseating lawmakers who voted against raising funding for education. Teachers in other states saw what could be gained by protesting a system that hurt them and were emboldened to fight for student necessities and fair wages and benefits.

The sad state of the education sector doesn't affect the rich. Teachers in Arizona, who are among the lowest paid in the nation, also threatened to strike and asked for a 20 percent pay increase.

Classes have been cancelled in one suburban Denver school district because so many of its teachers plan to attend the demonstration.

Public schools are underfunded by $828 million this year, Dallman told the Post, and lawmakers have said they could inject at least $100 million more into schools-but they have yet to do so. "I guarantee you somewhere today a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent doesn't have any money to take care of them".

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