Colorado teachers to rally at Capitol for school funding

Teachers set up tents on the lawn of the of capitol Friday

Teachers set up tents on the lawn of the of capitol Friday

"We're not gonna take it - no, we ain't gonna take it", a crowd of educators sang in the state Capitol's stairwell near the House and Senate chambers, coming together in Denver from across Colorado to advocate for more school funding and to oppose some changes to the public-pension system.

They say it's not just about their wages. He is the pre-engineering teacher and head of the Engineering Academy at Thompson High School.

That wave has notably seen teachers in West Virginia get a 5% pay raise last month after a nine-day strike.

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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.

The chief says he doesn't know if the boy had been bullied or had mental health issues.

"I don't understand how many of these teachers can keep on going day after day with hungry students, students that don't have resources and buildings that aren't air conditioned or cooled properly", Land said. "You can not pay rent for a one bedroom in Denver on a teachers' salary". Her 22-year-old daughter is a first-year teacher, and Smith says she can't afford to move out on her own. He likened being a teacher to "becoming a father".

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"It's part of the national conversation amongst teachers", Poudre Education Association president Tom List said. Per-pupil spending in Colorado has ranked near the bottom in the nation. Extrapolating that to the full association, members may be spending as much as $23 million per year out of pocket, according to its website.

"The positive state revenue forecast clearly demonstrates there is substantially more money available this year and therefore we can and must do a better job funding our public schools", Dallman said.

Senate Bill 200 would raise employee contributions to PERA by 3 percent and lower cost-of-living adjustments, raise the minimum age of retirement for young workers and recalculate retirement payments based on employees' top seven years of earnings rather than the top three years.

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