After seeing teachers in other states agitate for more funding, Colorado educators are taking their turn.
Lawmakers and teachers gathered in the Colorado State Capitol Monday for a rally sponsored by Colorado's largest teachers' union. "We do know that having the political will to move to one secular school system will reduce wasteful spending and reduce school closures", added Hammond. He is the pre-engineering teacher and head of the Engineering Academy at Thompson High School.
- Education funding: Colorado effectively has underfunded its schools by $828 million, the CEA says, because the state hasn't kept up with a state constitutional mandate passed last decade to increase funds each year by at least the rate of inflation. 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.
Marsaln-McBride, who teaches in the west Tulsa district of about 1,200 students, said the association's announcement ending the walkout amounted to telling everyone to go back to their normal routines.More news: Indian PM Will Visit Sweden and the UK
Teachers in Colorado are joining those from other states in asking for more money for schools. He said because funding is so low, he feels his students don't have the resources they need to succeed.
Pendleton School District Special Programs Director Julie Smith says educators are faced with more and more children who are the victims of traumatic experiences, and teachers in the district are learning how to deal with that. "You can not pay rent for a one bedroom in Denver on a teachers' salary".
In Lewis' 17 years of teaching, he's seen the industry change.
"We would rather be with our students", said Ashley, a teacher.More news: Ian Somerhalder starring in new vampire series
"We need our schools fully funded", Young said.
Colorado ranks 40th in spending per student, according to the AP.
Numerous lawmakers spoke during Monday's protest - and drew big cheers from teachers for their offers of support.
"There are a lot of rewards", Cohn said, "they're not monetary, but you better have a rich spouse or a side job".More news: Russia's U.S. ambassador warns of consequences for Syria strikes