Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Colorado Teachers Next to Strike

Colorado Teachers Next to Strike

Teachers said they won't stay silent and sit on the sidelines any longer.

At least 500 educators are expected to demonstrate at the state Capitol in Denver on Monday to push for more financial support, the Colorado Education Association says, in what will be just the latest in a wave of teacher protests at USA state capitols this year.

"Several classes and schools in the province will be merged with each other as a temporary solution to the teacher shortage", said Huynh Minh Thuan, director of the Gia Lai Department of Education and Training.

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Teachers in Colorado are joining those from other states in asking for more money for schools.

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

Adobe's research has shown that jobs of the future will demand both creativity and creative problem solving skills, two different capabilities that 97% of educators recognize as being essential for students to learn in school. 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. When the state House Majority Leader John Allen heard of this a year ago he said, "The idea that we are somehow torturing if the have a second job is ridiculous".

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Lawmakers and teachers gathered in the Colorado State Capitol Monday for a rally sponsored by Colorado's largest teachers' union. "We need a viable profession". And, they said those delegates would keep returning for as long as it takes.

Colorado ranks 40th in spending per student, according to the AP. If passed, it would mean big changes for the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). "She has been a student at EMIS since the fourth grade, and comes to us from Japan".

The Englewood School District was closed Monday because of a lack of substitutes to cover the teachers who walked out.

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"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.

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