Colorado teachers prepare for 'Day of Action'

Teachers used Friday's demonstration to oppose the OEA's back to work order

The Colorado Education Association said on average, a teacher takes $656 out of pocket a year, to pay for resources for his or her students.

"While education funding has increased since 2003, deep cuts to education made when the funding formula was introduced in 1998 have not been addressed", says a news release. "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.

Henry Roman, a teacher from Columbian Elementary School in northwest Denver, said class size is a pressing issue in his city.

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

On Sunday, teachers in the Poudre School District were preparing for a busy Monday.

The Pendleton School Board of Directors recently approved a policy that establishes a team-oriented approach to support teachers as they reach out to the traumatized students in their classrooms.

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.

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Steve Collins, who follows 9NEWS on Twitter, said what he most wanted to know about the protests was "If they are so concerned about the kids, are they not DOING THEIR jobs today?".

The protests prompted Englewood Schools to cancel class for the day after roughly 150 teachers told the district that they would be rallying at the Capitol. "You can not pay rent for a one bedroom in Denver on a teachers' salary".

"If we want to recruit and retain teachers, we have to offer a living wage and a viable retirement", Roman said.

In Lewis' 17 years of teaching, he's seen the industry change. Extrapolating that to the full association, members may be spending as much as $23 million per year out of pocket, according to its website.

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

Colorado's average teacher salary - $46,155 - ranks 46th in the country.

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