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Colorado teachers push for more school funding

Colorado teachers push for more school funding

Besides asking more funding for schools, the union is also opposing proposed changes to the pension system for teachers and other public employees. "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.

Some district teachers will head to the Capitol.

The state budget for next year includes $150 million in increased school funding, but lawmakers have not committed to continuing that increase in future years.

Beise says authorities don't file charges against children that young, they instead try to get them help.

At least one Denver-area school district is closing Monday because so many of its teachers called in to take a personal day for the rally.

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.

"Several classes and schools in the province will be merged with each other as a temporary solution to the teacher shortage", said Huynh Minh Thuan, director of the Gia Lai Department of Education and Training. They want to improve themselves.

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Mr Watkins said the school made mental health counsellors available to students and staff, and classes went on as scheduled.

"We would rather be with our students", said Ashley, a teacher.

Low funding and teacher pay, the association says, is making the job less attractive to college graduates and prodding teachers to leave the profession early, and led to a shortage of fully qualified teachers. Per-pupil spending in Colorado has ranked near the bottom in the nation.

"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.

Meanwhile, PERA has an unfunded liability estimated at $32 billion to $50 billion - and this is after the state legislature raised employee contributions to the plan in 2010.