On April 16, Englewood District schools were closed as teachers walked out in protest of school funding levels.Jeffco teachers will do likewise April 24 as will Arizona teachers statewide.Teachers are threatening a walkout in Pueblo as well. Teachers have been walking out in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky and demonstrating in other states recently in protest of their low pay. Hold on to your seats, Colorado. Our teacher pay is ranked 46th in the nation. We are ranked 50th in the nation in terms of teacher pay compared to cost of living.There is a teacher shortage in Colorado with 3000 unfilled vacancies . Low pay is the reason. Rural areas are the most hard hit.
In the meantime, some GOP senators in the Colorado legislature want to stop these walkouts and penalize teachers for doing so. They have introduced a bill to that effect. Perhaps their time would be better spent in increasing teachers' salaries so that they are not 50th in the nation when they consider the cost of living. http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb18-264
Full disclosure: I have a daughter who is a teacher in a Colorado public school and she has taught in her 15 year career in public, charter, and parochial schools. I have had children and grand children as students in all of those, plus private and elite boarding schools. All have their value, but the most valuable of all for the most people are public schools.
Teachers are walking out in Colorado, too. https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/15/us/colorado-teacher-day-of-action/index.html