Teachers protest funding gap, some PERA changes at Capitol

A group of striking teachers

A group of striking teachers

Dozens of Colorado teachers are at the state Capitol pushing for more money for schools. Many teachers in Virginia have had to get second jobs in order to pay for their expenses and families, especially during the summers when they aren't working.

Becky Moraja, a teacher at Colorado's Finest High School of Choice in Englewood, said she and her family moved in with her mother in the past to survive on the salaries of her and her husband, who is also a teacher, rather than work two jobs.

Kentucky public school teachers rally for a "day of action" at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin's recent veto of the state's tax and budget bills April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Kentucky.

In 2016, Colorado's average teacher salary was $46,155.

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. 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.


"We're just hoping that by all of us showing up that they know we're not giving up", said Jana Young, a special education teacher's assistant from Enid Public Schools.

They want the parents to know what the issues are. "You can not pay rent for a one bedroom in Denver on a teachers' salary". When the state House Majority Leader John Allen heard of this a year ago he said, "The idea that we are somehow torturing if the have a second job is ridiculous".

"We're not where we need to be", she said. "As teachers, we've become complacent".

And though she'll see her salary increase by about $5,800 with the new pay scale, after 10 years in the classroom, Wiser said she now only makes about $34,000 with a master's degree in chemistry.

The rally was organized by the Colorado Education Association. Per-pupil spending in Colorado has ranked near the bottom in the nation. If implemented the measure would raise about $US1.6 billion by increasing the state corporate tax rate and income taxes for people who earn more than $150,000 a year.

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