Hickenlooper vows to push Colorado to repay $1 billion for education

"The governor really recognizes all our public schools as part of the solution toward making sure that every student in the state has access to a great education, and their parents have options of where they can send their student", spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said.

The kindergarten teacher's T-shirt featured an apple and the Colorado flag, and her sign read, "I'd rather be teaching but this is important".

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"We are also restoring recession-era cuts to increase funding for schools and putting more money into the classroom - flexible dollars for superintendents to use for support staff pay increases, update antiquated curriculum and improve school infrastructure - without raising taxes".

When Colorado teachers took to the streets for a second day of protests for better pay and learning conditions, the owners of a Denver bakery showed their support by giving away cupcakes and bottled water to educators and others wearing #RedForEd shirts or stickers.

The educators, dressed in red, chanting "you have left me no choice, now I use my teacher voice", joined the hundreds who have already lobbied at the Colorado State Capitol this month pressuring lawmakers to address education funding and protect the Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA).

However, they are not alone, students say the lack of money in classrooms also affects them.

"This sign isn't big enough to summarize the problem". Only one school district in Colorado voted to officially go on strike, but they can not take action until the state's education agency decides by May 4 whether to try to broker a resolution with teachers.

Frank Eager, a veteran art teacher at a Phoenix-area high school, said the state's expansive mix of school options has eroded the community-minded approach to nurturing kids.

"The state needs to make it a priority", she said. The Arizona government spends $924 less per student in inflation-adjusted dollars today than it did 10 years ago.

"When the teachers found out that my husband was sick, they started a GoFundMe to help us", she said.

"It creates a secure funding source to keep great teachers in Arizona classrooms and give our students the one-on-one attention they need to be successful, " said David Lujan. Our legislature is not known for efficiency nor for supporting education funding in general, so if the strike continues, they could just debate in the state house about what to do, wait for teachers to give up and go back to school and declare the whole matter concluded. Low pay and funding means working in Colorado's schools is less attractive to college graduates and prompts teachers to leave the profession early, leading to a shortage of qualified teachers, the teachers group says. Abby Hicks, a physical education and health teacher at Mead High School, echoed that sentiment. "I felt that during the week my job is to be in the classroom", he said. We honored our students by speaking truth to power. Hoffman said that state aid has been an issue for all of her 12 years on the board.

Organizers say they haven't decided how long their walkout will last.

Colorado now ranks 42nd in the nation in per pupil funding, approximately $2,500 per student less than the national average. "It is evident now, more than ever, that we need to collaborate to develop funding solutions to support the entire education continuum". "But that doesn't mean that things are good in the state of Colorado". He said he would work to have the state repay all of the approximately $1 billion borrowed from education during the recession. Carnes said he hopes the walkouts haven't further hurt that cause. Among their demands are pay hikes for support staff, returning school funding to pre-2008 levels and infrastructural upgrades and new technology for schools. The tone Friday was more festive than the day before.

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