Colorado Teacher Rally At Capital

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Colorado Teacher Rally At Capital

Teachers gather at the Denver Capitol building on Friday.

Teachers gather at the Denver Capitol building on Friday.

Teachers gather at the Denver Capitol building on Friday.

Teachers gather at the Denver Capitol building on Friday.

Lorenzo Lucia, Gray Wasson, and Caiden Bretz

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On Friday, April 27th, teachers from school districts all over the state participated in walkouts and strikes at the Denver Capitol building. “About 130 teachers from the school district are going to be going down to Denver to lobby about teacher pay, pensions to the retirement of teachers, and also funding for pupils” explained SHS dean of students, Ms. Acres.

Over 15 districts, including Summit School District, canceled school on Friday due to all of the teachers that took personal days. Other districts that participated include Douglas County, Jefferson County, and Cherry Creek.

Joining in solidarity with thousands of other Colorado teachers and students, Summit School District made their appearance at the protest. Juniors Yair Vasquez and Natalie Leva even presented speeches in front of all the participants.

“But the question is now, what are we going to do? Are we going to stand and wait for everyone to do it for us or are we going to do it ourselves?” Vasquez exclaimed while addressing Colorado teacher/school funding, pay, and retirement plans.

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Protesters gather in unity at the Colorado Teacher Strike in Denver

Governor John Hickenlooper addressed the 10,000 teachers that were at the rally explaining that he has toured 250 schools in the state and has talked to thousands of teachers about the issue. He added that teaching is hard enough and that he shares the frustration of this issue.

After the walkout, the government proposed a 20% salary increase for teachers over the next couple of years to 2020. The bill will fund an extra 100 million dollars to schools. Hickenlooper said that he will try to get back the 1 billion dollars from the government and return it to the schools.   

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