Teachers protest funding gap, some PERA changes at Capitol

A group of striking teachers

A group of striking teachers

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. "In order to try to keep the classroom teachers, then they've got to get rid of electives".

Dorman Land, who teaches at Century Middle School in Thornton said that includes school supplies, rewards and even food. It was unclear on Sunday whether more school districts would be closing. The state's teacher salaries rank 46th out of 50, with educators making an average of $46,000 per year.

"I'm going to tell them I'm here for them", Peardot said.

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Pendleton School District Special Programs Director Julie Smith says educators are faced with more and more children who are the victims of traumatic experiences, and teachers in the district are learning how to deal with that. "As teachers, we've become complacent". "You can not pay rent for a one bedroom in Denver on a teachers' salary".

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"Educators have been energized by what's happened in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky and Arizona", she said, referring to teacher walkouts or demonstrations in those states.

"We're not where we need to be", she said.

"We are calling Monday, April 16th a day of action", Kerrie Dallman, president of the Colorado Education Association (CEA), told KDVR in Denver.

Lawmakers raised taxes to permanently increase educators' salaries by an average of $6,100 a year, increase classroom spending and give support staff a raise.

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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