Teachers march to state Capitol to demand more classroom funding

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"In order to try to keep the classroom teachers, then they've got to get rid of electives".

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. Starting last week, teachers started planning "walk ins" to their schools and proclaiming the idea of starting a strike.

The union holds several lobbying days at the Legislature each year but says that recent demonstrations by teachers in other states have increased interest in the event.

But advocates are pushing for more because the state is now underfunding schools by about $830 million, Dallman said. 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.

"We have a team working on action plans to help everybody learn and grow on how to respond to our students", Smith said.

Kelly Marsaln-McBride, an eighth-grade science and leadership teacher with Berryhill Public Schools, said the education union doesn't speak for her.

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But in Englewood Schools, so many employees planned to be absent that day that the district canceled school for all but its preschool.

Teachers said they won't stay silent and sit on the sidelines any longer. He likened being a teacher to "becoming a father". "You can not pay rent for a one bedroom in Denver on a teachers' salary".

"We're not where we need to be", she said. Per-pupil spending in Colorado has ranked near the bottom in the nation.

Some teachers told CBS4 they are exhausted of having to take time away from the classroom to rally and fix the numerous issues within public education. Extrapolating that to the full association, members may be spending as much as $23 million per year out of pocket, according to its website.

Senate Bill 200 would raise employee contributions to PERA by 3 percent and lower cost-of-living adjustments, raise the minimum age of retirement for young workers and recalculate retirement payments based on employees' top seven years of earnings rather than the top three years.

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