DAY OF ACTION ON APRIL 16

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Monday, many educators from across the state of Colorado join in the actions to visibly demonstrate the support of advocacy for our students. 

PPEA members from El Paso, Teller, and Fremont Counties join in the frustration that for over 10 years our students have suffered the inadequate funding provided by our state. We here in this region especially know and live the reality of this lack of funds.

Too many of our buildings have leaking roofs, overcrowded classrooms, aged textbooks, and a general lack of resources for students. These challenges place additional burden on the growing demands for results from educators.

Today our members wear red, walk-in together, and join others at the state capital in Denver. Educators for too long have funded simple items such as pencils to even purchasing furniture for their classrooms. They buy reams of paper, books for the classroom libraries, and even groceries for our neediest of students.

For too long, our students’ needs have been ignored as well as the challenges for our educators to remain in the profession. Many of our finest educators, para-professionals, bus drivers, and others have to make the hardest decision and leave. Yet, still many remain holding down a second and third job to make ends meet.

It is time that our state legislature do what is right for our state, our students, and our educators. As a state, funding education at the 46th in the nation is simply unacceptable. Enough is enough!

Protecting our PERA retirement and eliminating the negative factor of $830.7 million is the first step to funding for our students. It is time to provide the education our students deserve.