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Teachers protest funding gap, some PERA changes at Capitol

17 April 2018

Hundreds of teachers across Colorado walked out of class on Monday, and gathered at the state Capitol in a call for action.

They say it's not just about their wages.

On Sunday, teachers in the Poudre School District were preparing for a busy Monday.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 81,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.

The union holds several lobbying days at the Legislature each year but says that recent demonstrations by teachers in other states have increased interest in the event.

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Teachers in Colorado are joining those from other states in asking for more money for schools.

Low funding and teacher pay, the association says, is making the job less attractive to college graduates and prodding teachers to leave the profession early, and led to a shortage of fully qualified teachers.

Teachers said they won't stay silent and sit on the sidelines any longer.

Some school districts were forced to close because teachers did not report for work.

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Do you think teachers get paid enough? "We need a viable profession". If implemented the measure would raise about $US1.6 billion by increasing the state corporate tax rate and income taxes for people who earn more than $150,000 a year. "As teachers, we've become complacent".

He says that when he gets back into the classroom on Tuesday, he'll tell his students that he rallied to show them "their voice matters".

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 though she'll see her salary increase by about $5,800 with the new pay scale, after 10 years in the classroom, Wiser said she now only makes about $34,000 with a master's degree in chemistry.

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

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Teachers protest funding gap, some PERA changes at Capitol