Colorado teachers push for more school funding

Colorado teachers push for more school funding

"I know there has been some frustration just from what I have heard - a lot of working parents".

Every red-clad teacher we spoke to inside the Colorado State Capitol Monday said they would rather be in the classroom than protesting for better pay, school funding and protections for their pensions, but they felt what they were doing would ultimately benefit students in the long run.

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

"I work two jobs".

On the other hand, the PERA proposal could include changes to the retirement age and other measures to shore up the vastly underfunded program within 30 years.

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.

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

Many schools and districts - including schools in Jefferson County - planned to hold "walk-ins" instead, Dallman said, by coming together to raise awareness outside of schools before class.

Low funding and teacher pay, the association says, is making the job less attractive to college graduates and prodding teachers to leave the profession early, and led to a shortage of fully qualified teachers.

Young was among a delegation of about a dozen current and retired educators from the district who headed to the Capitol with their school district's blessing to continue to press lawmakers to increase pay and classroom funding.

"If we want to recruit and retain teachers, we have to offer a living wage and a viable retirement", Roman said.

Erin Swain, a teacher at Century Middle School in Adams 12 Five Star Schools, took issue with possible changes.

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

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

"We can't do that anymore", she said.

"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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