Colorado Teachers Next to Strike

  • Colorado Teachers Next to Strike

Colorado Teachers Next to Strike

In order to compensate for low wages, some schools districts, such as Pueblo City, voted to switch to a four day school week to appease current and entice new teachers.

The rally is organized by the Colorado Education Association, the state's largest teacher's union.

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

Across the country, teachers have been striking and lobbying their state legislators for fair pay and labor conditions. The state's teacher salaries rank 46th out of 50, with educators making an average of $46,000 per year. The teachers plan to hold a large rally at the capitol this afternoon. Normally, priced at $120 per year and available on the spark for education website, now free of charge, "enables students to express themselves via graphics, Web stories and video to complete their school assignments and showcase digital creativity", says Adobe.

The teacher's union is hoping their message prompts state lawmakers to make a change.

These movements were largely inspired by a nine-day statewide teacher walkout in West Virginia that began February 22, resulting in their winning the 5 percent pay increase they wanted.

But Preist said the efforts by teachers to win more money for education is not over.

The sad state of the education sector doesn't affect the rich.

According to KMGH in Denver, "The CEA estimates that teachers spend on average $656 of their own money for school supplies for students". Teachers in Arizona, who are among the lowest paid in the nation, also threatened to strike and asked for a 20 percent pay increase.

As a result of the teacher walkout, the district announced that it would be adding one hour to the end of each school day through the end of the year.

The success of West Virginia teachers inspired educators in the other states to follow suit.

The teachers also want more money for support staff and for lawmakers to restore $1 billion in cuts to education over the last decade.