Colorado Teachers Next to Strike

Colorado Teachers Next to Strike

He said because funding is so low, he feels his students don't have the resources they need to succeed.

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 U.S. state capitols this year.

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

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

"We need our schools fully funded", Young said. Besides more funding for schools, it's opposing proposed changes to the pension system for teachers and other public employees.

The Colorado Education Association wrote that based on a survey of more than 2,200 of its members, educators are spending, on average, $656 per year out of their own pockets to buy students pencils, glue, binders, snacks and toothpaste, and covering costs of school lunch and field trips. And, they said those delegates would keep returning for as long as it takes.

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Colorado's average teacher salary - $46,155 - ranks 46th in the country.

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.

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.

"Bottom line is, we were given a promise by our Legislature for our pension, and they are reneging", Swain said.

Mary and Ashley, who both work for Englewood Schools and declined to give their last names, said the protests are truly about "everybody".

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