The rally comes as teachers in multiple other states, including Kentucky and Oklahoma, have walked off the job and demanded more education funding and higher teacher pay.
All Monday classes at Englewood Schools are canceled except for those at the Early Childhood Education Center at Maddox and Champions, the district superintendent told Denver7. The association is asking its members to wear red - reminiscent of what teachers in Arizona have been doing in a campaign they've called #RedForEd.
As a result? For one thing, the CEA says, teachers it recently surveyed reported spending an average of $656 yearly on school supplies and expenses for students.
While the major event will be at the Capitol, there are also dozens of other planned protests throughout Colorado. The state's teacher salaries rank 46th out of 50, with educators making an average of $46,000 per year.
"It's part of the national conversation amongst teachers", Poudre Education Association president Tom List said.
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It's a conversation they want lawmakers to start hearing.
"I've taught for over 34 years and it's getting worse instead of better". If the bill is signed into law, it will phase out defined-benefit pensions for teachers and replace them with hybrid retirement plans that combine traditions pensions with features of 401 (k) accounts.
"I know there has been some frustration just from what I have heard - a lot of working parents". "I'm doing this so that the young teacher, that college student, who's thinking about becoming a teacher, isn't frightened away from this".
Nearly thirty Oklahoma schools have announced cancellation for Wednesday's classes and admitted that if they do not see a legislative change, the protests could continue through the week. "We spend more and more of our own money to do things", McNamee said.
Katrina Ruff, a local Oklahoma City teacher, stood with hundreds of fellow protestors at the Capitol chanting "No funding, no future!"