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. This is the first day back to school for many Oklahoma students following the two-week walkout by Oklahoma teachers.
"Our members are energized and fed up by the constant year-over-year chronic underfunding of our public schools", CEA President Kerrie Dallman told CNN. As parents and teachers staged sympathy rallies, public school districts were forced to suspend classes for about 500,000 of the state's 700,00 public school students. Unfortunately for the teachers, the demand was denied by their governor Doug Ducey despite strike threats that were repeatedly made.
Some district teachers will head to the Capitol.
Hundreds of teachers across Colorado walked out of class on Monday, and gathered at the state Capitol in a call for action.
Teachers in Colorado earn about $7,000 below the national average of $58,064 a year, according to a survey by the Colorado School Finance Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit education watchdog group.
Voters would have to approve a ballot measure to change the law so that marijuana tax money could be allocated for those specific items.
Teachers say it's about more than a salary raise.
The Pendleton School Board of Directors recently approved a policy that establishes a team-oriented approach to support teachers as they reach out to the traumatized students in their classrooms. There are 40 schools in the Poudre School District, and about 30 have signed up to do a walk-in.
Nearly thirty Oklahoma schools have announced cancellation for Wednesday's classes and admitted that if they do not see a legislative change, the protests could continue through the week. They want to improve themselves. "It's hard to find child care last minute", Hoag said.