Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Colorado teachers prepare for 'Day of Action'

Colorado teachers prepare for 'Day of Action'

Right now Colorado has over 3,000 open teaching positions.

Many districts, meanwhile, reopened again Monday after the Oklahoma Education Association, the state's largest teacher's union, announced late last week that they were ending the ongoing walkout after nine days.

Monday's crowd was much quieter and subdued as educators spent the day trying to meet one-on-one with elected officials.

But it wasn't about striking, said Kerrie Dallman, president of the association. These "educators coming down to the Capitol are using their earned personal leave". They promised to continue sending small delegations of teachers to press lawmakers for adequate funding of the state's K-12 schools.

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

"Teachers in Englewood appreciate our community", Curnett said. The reform would also change residential property taxes in order to better fund public schools. Democratic lawmakers prefer the current defined-benefits structure, in which the employer guarantees a specific retirement amount and bears the risk of promising the investment will be available. He said because funding is so low, he feels his students don't have the resources they need to succeed.

Nick Peardot is a first-year English teacher at Berthoud High School who says he was able to rally at the Capitol with help from his union.

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.

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

Some teachers told CBS4 they are exhausted of having to take time away from the classroom to rally and fix the numerous issues within public education.

Colorado ranks 40th in spending per student, according to the AP.

- Education funding: Colorado effectively has underfunded its schools by $828 million, the CEA says, because the state hasn't kept up with a state constitutional mandate passed last decade to increase funds each year by at least the rate of inflation.

The authorities of the Central Highland province of Gia Lai plans to terminate the labour contracts of some 1,400 teachers in an effort to comply with the Politburo's resolution to streamline the contingent of public and civil workers. "She has been a student at EMIS since the fourth grade, and comes to us from Japan".

On Sunday, teachers in the Poudre School District were preparing for a busy Monday.

"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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