Colorado teachers follow other state educators in pressing for more funding

Chalk writing on the sidewalk at the Capitol on April 2 during a walkout aimed at increasing education funding

Julie Hoag, a parent of an Englewood student, told CNN affiliate KDVR that she hopes the teachers' voices are heard, but the school cancellations will challenge parents.

It was only when legislators faced 10,000 teachers and state workers inside and outside the State Capitol building that they had the fear of God instilled in them. Teachers are the sort that work within the rules.

"Teachers are grateful for the raises, but that's not all we need".

The Democrats, however, have proven to be as ruthless an enemy of teachers and public education as the Republicans. There are now 250 million children enrolled in these schools of which 100 million are in the private school segment, as reported by Economic Times.

"We, as staff members, are not here trying to boost our salaries".

"I'm blown away about the support you have shown, " he added.

Explaining why she was still on strike, Rachel, a third-grade teacher, told the WSWS, "My only goal is for my students. Especially because we are their students and we want to show them that we love them". "What they are passionate about is you".

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Colorado's teachers do not collect Social Security upon retirement, and, for many, they do not earn enough money to invest in other retirement plans such as IRAs, Lavendore said. The research also shows that the biggest barriers educators now face to these skills are the lack of access to necessary tools and technologies, and the time required to teach students how to use creative tools.

Some district teachers will head to the Capitol.

"I will be here every day fighting for them, writing emails, whatever needs to happen to ensure they get the education they deserve". The meeting was called by Alberto Morejon, a teacher in Stillwater, Oklahoma who started the Facebook page "Oklahoma Teacher Walkout-The Time is Now!" which quickly grew to 70,000 members. Despite repeated pleas for full funding, we continue to languish at 43rd in the nation for per pupil spending, but continuously cut taxes for the rich, cut government spending and refuse to spend available tax surpluses on programs that directly benefit children and families, namely public schools and healthcare. "We've turned a whole generation of Oklahomans into political activists now", he said.

Educators from around the state marched on the capital, as more than 30 districts in the state closed, inlcuding West Point Independent and Meade and Bullitt county schools.

Teachers in Colorado are joining those from other states in asking for more money for schools. "We were getting more and more push-back from parents who already had trips planned and childcare issues and more and more concern about testing", McCauley said. In Oklahoma, twenty percent of public schools only remain open four days a week - as long as they can afford to. "This is something for which the whole community and all those who support the school can be proud".

The struggle in Oklahoma will be immeasurably strengthened through establishing a network of rank-and-file committees across the country to prepare a nationwide strike to defend public education against both big business parties, which are squandering trillions on corporate tax cuts and new and even bloodier wars.

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