Colorado teachers prepare for 'Day of Action'

Teachers set up tents on the lawn of the of capitol Friday

The district's librarian, debate and drama programs and choir and music programs have all fallen causality to ongoing funding struggles, as have elementary and middle school foreign language classes, Marsaln-McBride said.

DPS teachers will be pushing for lawmakers to support more funding for education.

The CEA said it was expecting about 400 teachers at Monday's Capitol rally.

Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin, who holds the Republican majority in the Legislature said, "What I'm seeing in Louisville is teachers are a lot more politically engaged than they were in 2015 or 2016".

About 150 Englewood teachers are expected to be part of a larger group of educators who will spend their day lobbying at the state Capitol for higher teacher pay and reforming the state pension system - both of which sorely need new and extra money, teachers argue.

Teachers in Arizona are voting this week on whether to stage a classroom walkout, after previously conducting several walk-in protests in which they demonstrated outside their respective schools before walking in with students to conduct classes. But they want legislators to realize schools need more resources.

The CEA estimates that teachers spend on average $656 of their own money for school supplies for students, and the organization has long argued for higher pay and better benefits for Colorado teachers. She said teams of educators from around the state will continue to go to the capitol to lobby lawmakers for more education funds.

Kelly Marsaln-McBride, an eighth-grade science and leadership teacher with Berryhill Public Schools, said the education union doesn't speak for her.

The program's goal is to provide a fun and educational youth legislature while also modeling the Supreme Court.

CEA spokesman Mike Wetzel said Friday the district made the decision to close because it "didn't have enough substitutes to cover that many teachers being out". "They don't speak for me, and I think that (coming today) was to us a way of saying this is not over".

"Some were introduced to drugs for the first time - because they were vulnerable and left alone", he added.

That wave has notably seen teachers in West Virginia get a 5% pay raise last month after a nine-day strike.

"Educators have been energized by what's happened in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky and Arizona", she said, referring to teacher walkouts or demonstrations in those states.

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