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Colorado teachers rally to demand education funding increase

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Thousands of teachers from around the state marched on the Colorado State Capitol on Thursday and Friday to call for more funding for education, better pay for educators, and secure retirement benefits. We support the teachers and others calling for more adequate and equitable funding.

Many analyses place Colorado in the bottom tier for education funding, depending on the measures and methodology used. We know that because of our inadequate and inequitable revenue system and outdated funding formula, funding per pupil varies widely among districts. More than half of the state’s school districts are now operating on four days a week–in many cases to save money.

One study released this month ranks Colorado dead last in a comparison teacher compensation in Colorado with the salaries of other professionals in the same labor market and of similar age, degree level and hours worked.

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Photo: Colorado Children’s Campaign

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