Colorado teachers prepare for 'Day of Action'

BABES IN THE WOODS Students at Woodson Branch Nature School spend hours outdoors every day engaging in group activities along with unstructured play. Director Deborah De Lisle says the school’s approach to learning results in engaged and creative kids

BABES IN THE WOODS Students at Woodson Branch Nature School spend hours outdoors every day engaging in group activities along with unstructured play. Director Deborah De Lisle says the school’s approach to learning results in engaged and creative kids

"We're not gonna take it - no, we ain't gonna take it", a crowd of educators sang in the state Capitol's stairwell near the House and Senate chambers, coming together in Denver from across Colorado to advocate for more school funding and to oppose some changes to the public-pension system. It was unclear on Sunday whether more school districts would be closing.

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.

"We haven't asked anyone to walk off the job", said Dallman, who attended the event. Normally, priced at $120 per year and available on the spark for education website, now free of charge, "enables students to express themselves via graphics, Web stories and video to complete their school assignments and showcase digital creativity", says Adobe.

"We're just hoping that by all of us showing up that they know we're not giving up", said Jana Young, a special education teacher's assistant from Enid Public Schools.

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?".

And even though lawmakers tried to reverse some of those cuts by passing a almost $500 million tax to increase spending, it's not enough, said Robin Wiser, a high school science teacher from Berryhill.

In Lewis' 17 years of teaching, he's seen the industry change. "As teachers, we've become complacent".

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

They rallied outside the building Monday, holding signs and chanting slogans like "You left me no choice". Per-pupil spending in Colorado has ranked near the bottom in the nation. "ETFO's education agenda calls for greater student access to specialist teachers to provide more support in the arts and physical education as well as more guidance teachers and teacher-librarians". In comparison, Wyoming teachers earn $US58,000 and have a lower cost of living.

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