Colorado teachers to rally at Capitol for school funding

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2018

In response, David James, a spokesman for the Republican State Leadership Committee, which supports that party in statehouse races, said, "It is sad and appalling for the Democrats to be coordinating a national protest effort with their longtime faculty room friends in the teachers unions to push a political agenda in the classroom, at the expense of the nation's students".

Responding to an April 11 "negotiations update" press release from the Roxbury Board of Education, the union representing Roxbury's teachers today issued a rebuttal in the form of a letter to TAPinto Roxbury. Consequently, we have leaking roofs, reductions in critical staff positions, and inadequate resources with which to teach.

On Sunday, I wrote about how the teacher walkout may not have started as a partisan event, but politics quickly came into play.

Englewood school district cancelled Monday classes since 150 teachers said they weren't coming into school. Colorado is too wealthy of a state to have poorly underfunded schools, he said. He recently used a social media fundraising site to buy new books for his literature classes. "The original plan, we did not have to cut any teacher nor outsource any employees".

There are, however, other issues that must be addressed if children in Colorado are going to keep up with students in other states. "I don't think people understand that at that moment that something happens...this isn't second nature". But she needs a solid retirement plan.

To the applause of teachers, Morejon stated, "Teachers started this and we are not ending it until teachers say so". "We love to see them grow. The light bulb moments - that's why we do it". But to Steinberg, who has owned a gun and enjoyed going to a shooting range from time to time, the idea of arming teachers is ludicrous.

Mr Biddle said: "Being part of a school with reading at its heart is absolutely fundamental to what I believe in as a teacher".

Piazza enjoys seeing students grow in her class
Piazza enjoys seeing students grow in her class

"We feel like not enough is being done about it", he said. The time for change is now, but the sheer magnitude of the situation makes it clear there will not be a quick fix.

Teachers in Colorado are joining those from other states in asking for more money for schools. In addition to making the application free for schools, adobe has also introduced named user licensing, enabling students to log into their account and work on creative projects from any location on any device, even from their homes. "She says that the movement this year in West Virginia gave them "...the guts to stand up for ourselves". With that picture in mind I asked them: is our current reality acceptable?

The top Republican in the statehouse seemed frustrated by that prompt. "Road funding - we have an opportunity to do something the legislature hasn't done in decades. I truly hope that we don't fail and miss that opportunity".

"We can certainly have that conversation", he said. Protests in those Republican-dominated states have encouraged teachers unions and Democratic candidates who will try to capitalize on the outrage to score electoral victories.

The immigrant advocacy group Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) in San Jose has been fielding more concerns about immigration raids than in the past.

"Education funding is a top priority", said House Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver. "... We are here to listen". However, he presented no viable strategy to advance the struggle, saying instead that teachers and parents should continue to lobby state legislators who are controlled by powerful corporate interests, including the oil and gas industry, and are determined to continue starving public education to fund corporate tax cuts.

The state's largest teacher's union is also opposing proposed changes to the pension system for teachers and other public employees.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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