Teachers march to state Capitol to demand more classroom funding

A group of striking teachers

A group of striking teachers

At least 500 educators are expected to demonstrate at the state Capitol in Denver on Monday to push for more financial support, the Colorado Education Association says, in what will be just the latest in a wave of teacher protests at U.S. state capitols this year.

Cohn says at this point, she's 51 years old and it's just not feasible for her to start a new career - which means she's dependent on getting the pension benefits she expected.

Dorman Land, who teaches at Century Middle School in Thornton said that includes school supplies, rewards and even food.

Teachers say it's about more than a salary raise.

Sauk Rapids Police Chief Perry Beise says the boy randomly cut three children at Pleasantview Elementary School on Monday morning, then went into the office and set the knife down.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario has released an updated version of its "Building Better Schools" education agenda outlining what needs to be done to meet the educational needs of all students.

But in Englewood Schools, so many employees planned to be absent that day that the district canceled school for all but its preschool.

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"We have teachers working second jobs", Dollman said.

They want the parents to know what the issues are. He likened being a teacher to "becoming a father".

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.

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Berryhill teachers voted to keep the district closed one final day Monday so they could head to the Capitol to advocate. "We need a viable profession". An overall demand from the teachers in Arizona was a 20% raise and public education to be brought back to pre-recession levels.

"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. Per-pupil spending in Colorado has ranked near the bottom in the nation. In comparison, Wyoming teachers earn $US58,000 and have a lower cost of living.

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