Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

425 teachers to walk out Friday; Thompson School District cancels classes

Poudre School District schools, Cherry Creek Schools and Adams 12 Five Star Schools will be closed for students next Friday, April 27, as numerous districts' teachers will join other Colorado teachers in a "Day of Action" to call for higher wages and more lower education money.

District 11 schools will be closed Friday due to a planned statewide teacher rally. The district had said Tuesday it was considering canceling classes that day if enough teachers took leave days.

"Therefore, in the interest of student safety while on campuses, Thompson School District will be canceling all classes next Friday, April 27th", Hausmann stated in an email. The Board of Education, myself and our staff are deeply appreciative of our community, as you have demonstrated your value for public education through the generous passage of the November 2017 Mill Levy Override (MLO), that will provide critically needed resources to our school district.

The district said it doesn't have enough substitute teachers or administrators to cover the number of absences from schools that day, and made the decision ahead of time to close schools next week.

Airey said the district has connections with the city of Glendale, Peoria, local churches and others that could step in and help in case of school closures.

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Carlos Meikel, an art teacher at Shepardson STEM Elementary School and Harris Bilingual Elementary School, plans to go to Denver April 27.

Jeffco Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, April 26 for similar rallies.

The move follows teacher strikes in Oklahoma and West Virginia.

The Colorado Education Association estimates that Colorado teachers spend $656 of their own money for school supplies for students each year, and the average teacher salary here ranks 46th among USA states and Washington, D.C., according to the National Education Association.

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