Published: Tue, April 17, 2018

Colorado teachers prepare for 'Day of Action'

Colorado teachers prepare for 'Day of Action'

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

As school funding has fallen 30% in the past decade, teachers now threaten lawmakers: Increase education funding, or teachers will not return to work.

"Our members are energized and fed up by the constant year-over-year chronic underfunding of our public schools", CEA President Kerrie Dallman told CNN. Before the night was over, teachers at Colorado's largest school district shared plans for another rally next week. At its height, more than 500,000 students were impacted.

The Asiakwa location of the Quality Education Now (QEN) project under the SOS Childrens Village Ghana (SOSCV) has organised a three- day capacity building workshop for pre-school teachers from public and private schools in the East Akim Municipality.

Young was among a delegation of about a dozen current and retired educators from the district who headed to the Capitol with their school district's blessing to continue to press lawmakers to increase pay and classroom funding.

Cindy Dalglish
Cindy Dalglish

"Please don't make it worse!" and "How can we put students 1st if we put teachers last?" "She says that the movement this year in West Virginia gave them "...the guts to stand up for ourselves". "As teachers, we've become complacent". "I guarantee you somewhere today a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent doesn't have any money to take care of them". These demonstrations shut down school districts across both states as the educators protested cuts in pay, benefits, and school funding.

She also implored teachers to focus on unseating lawmakers who voted against raising funding for education.

And even though lawmakers tried to reverse some of those cuts by passing a almost $500 million tax to increase spending, it's not enough, said Robin Wiser, a high school science teacher from Berryhill. The teachers also won pay raises for support staff such as cafeteria workers and bus drivers, and secured $70 million in recurring revenue for classroom supplies.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, floated a proposal last week to meet the teachers' 20 percent pay hike request with a 9 percent raise this year and an 11 percent raise in 2020.

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.

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