Colorado teachers prepare for 'Day of Action'

Colorado teachers prepare for 'Day of Action'

Colorado teachers prepare for 'Day of Action'

School buses are rolling and school bells are ringing.

At least one Denver-area school district is closing Monday because so many of its teachers called in to take a personal day for the rally.

School will not resume in Tulsa until tomorrow.

A school district spokesman reported that teacher absences were "nothing out of the norm" on Monday. Galvanized by successful wage hike protests in Arizona and West Virginia, union members expect around 400 teachers to lobby lawmakers for change.

Interim Superintendent Bruce Watkins said the "second-grade student entered the building, put his backpack away and pulled out a knife and struck three students".




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.

In Lewis' 17 years of teaching, he's seen the industry change.

- Education funding: Colorado effectively has underfunded its schools by $828 million, the CEA says, because the state hasn't kept up with a state constitutional mandate passed last decade to increase funds each year by at least the rate of inflation. In 2016, Colorado ranked 46th in the country for average teachers' salary, according to a report by the National Education Association. They want to pay for a boat. Teachers in other states saw what could be gained by protesting a system that hurt them and were emboldened to fight for student necessities and fair wages and benefits.

Kentucky teachers are also upset over Bevin's plan to overhaul the state pension system and prevent them from putting accrued sick time toward their retirement.

The Englewood School District canceled classes ahead of the movement because so many teachers are expected to participate. The strike ended March 6 when Republican Gov. Jim Justice signed the bill granting a 5 percent pay raise to all state employees.

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