Colorado teachers plan their own Capitol rally Monday


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?".

At least 500 educators are expected to demonstrate at the state Capitol in Denver on Monday to push for more financial support, the Colorado Education Association says, in what will be just the latest in a wave of teacher protests at U.S. state capitols this year.

The Englewood school district, near Denver, said it canceled Monday classes because more than 150 of its educators - 70% of its teacher workforce - had indicated they wouldn't be at work, and there aren't enough substitutes. They say they want more money and resources for teachers and students. If passed, it would mean big changes for the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). Others are taking part in so-called walk-ins at schools.

The authorities of the Central Highland province of Gia Lai plans to terminate the labour contracts of some 1,400 teachers in an effort to comply with the Politburo's resolution to streamline the contingent of public and civil workers. And, they said those delegates would keep returning for as long as it takes.

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

"We're not where we need to be", she said.

Colorado ranks 40th in spending per student, according to the AP.

"Bottom line is, we were given a promise by our Legislature for our pension, and they are reneging", Swain said.

Marsaln-McBride, who teaches in the west Tulsa district of about 1,200 students, said the association's announcement ending the walkout amounted to telling everyone to go back to their normal routines.

Lawmakers raised taxes to permanently increase educators' salaries by an average of $6,100 a year, increase classroom spending and give support staff a raise.

"It's about the fact that Colorado has the top performing economy in the country, and yet our schools are still funded at or near the bottom", List said.