Students in Englewood will have an extended weekend after the school district canceled classes on Monday because most of the teachers will not be there. She said teams of educators from around the state will continue to go to the capitol to lobby lawmakers for more education funds. According to the National Education Association, Colorado teachers average $US46,000 per year, and rural-based Colorado teachers can make as little as $US30,000.
Oklahoma lawmakers passed a bill March 31 providing $50 million in public school funding, but the increase was nowhere near matching teachers' demands for $200 million.
As part of eight building blocks for change, the agenda calls for fair funding for public schools, including an independent review of the provincial funding formula, an end to EQAO testing and one secular school system for each official language.
The Economic Policy Institute, a progressive think tank, ranked Colorado 50th, ahead only of Arizona, in how teacher pay compares to that of other college-educated workers.
Spark for Education is now available to students and teachers for free of charge.
The Arizona teachers are demanding a 20 percent pay hike from an average of $43,280 a year for elementary school teachers and annual pay of $46,470 for high school teachers. A day they hope will show signs of progress.
It is not a coincidence these movements took place in Republican-led states in which tax cuts take precedence over funding education.
These states have also enacted anti-labor legislation such as right-to-work laws, which prohibit employers from making union membership a condition of employment.
Unions are instrumental in improving public education.
The success of West Virginia teachers inspired educators in the other states to follow suit.
Colorado teachers were prepared to leave classrooms Monday and descend on the state capitol in Denver for what is being billed as a "Day of Action", in which they plan to lobby legislators to boost their pay and provide more funding for education.