DENVER, CO — About 400 teachers swarmed into Denver’s capitol building Monday morning as part of a national "Day of Action" in solidarity with schoolteacher strikes in Arizona,West Virginia and Oklahoma. A rally on the steps of the Capitol took place Monday afternoon.
But Colorado teachers have their own problems to worry about. Colorado teachers rank near the bottom in pay in the United States with an average salary of $46,155, a study by the National Education Association says. An acute statewide teachers shortage has led to districts taking strong measures, such as moving to a four-day week.
Teachers were urging lawmakers to use predicted budget windfalls to help better fund education.
The event was organized by the Colorado Education Association. Educators wore "red for public ed" across the state. So many teachers at Englewood School District said they would attend that the district cancelled school Monday.
Also, changes proposed in the PERA public employee pension system would cut retirement benefits and decrease take-home pay. Teachers watched the debate in the General Assembly and tried to contact their representatives.
A larger rally took place at 4:30 on the Capitol steps.
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