Colorado Education Association
Colorado’s teacher shortage highlights need for more school funding, union boss says
The push to boost school funding and teacher pay comes as lawmakers are gearing up to debate just how much state money to give school districts next year
“I can’t do this to myself anymore”: Pandemic stress has driven some Colorado teachers to leave the classroom
As anxiety, depression and thoughts of quitting rise among teachers, districts are taking small steps to help them cope.
Colorado school board contests, stoked by COVID, draw intense partisan fervor and big money
Coronavirus measures, teaching on race motivate national groups, wealthy individuals and both Republican and Democratic parties to get involved in local races across the state
Proposition 119: Colorado voters will decide whether to raise marijuana taxes to pay for out-of-school learning
Supporters say it will help close the achievement gap while opponents see it as a slippery slope toward privatizing education
Colorado plans to dramatically expand COVID-19 testing in schools next year, even as restrictions go away
The state is looking for companies to operate a massive testing program backed by $173M in federal funding
Colorado education groups split over proposal to raise marijuana taxes to boost out-of-school learning
Colorado’s top teachers union withdrew its support for Initiative 25. Some say it’s a voucher program, despite broad backing.
A job or a civic duty? Colorado weighs paying school board members
Even the members of the state Board of Education are uncompensated for their work
Colorado lawmakers are creating a fund to raise teacher pay. But they’re not putting any money in it.
Think of it like a pressure point for state lawmakers, who no longer will be able to solely blame districts for teacher pay if Senate Bill 172 passes
Opinion: As Colorado’s teachers reach a breaking point, we must better fund our schools
Equity and inclusion starts with a well funded public education with happy teachers who are compensated fairly.
Colorado plan to scale back CMAS testing moves forward. Kids would test in literacy or math, but not both.
House Bill 1161 minimizes testing for students, teachers, and administrators dealing with the effects of the pandemic.
Should every Colorado kid get a mental health exam after enduring coronavirus? It won’t be easy.
Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, a Commerce City Democrat, isn’t sure how to accomplish the logistics, but she thinks her idea is a matter of school safety and statewide health
Colorado governor, legislature will decide whether students take standardized tests during coronavirus
Gov. Jared Polis appears to support moving forward with testing, despite opposition from the state’s largest teachers union. “We believe that these critical measurements will help us build back stronger for Colorado's students,” a spokesman said.
Colorado teacher salaries rank well below the national average. The recession is likely to keep them there.
Despite a high cost of living, teacher pay in Colorado has remained on the lower end of the scale. Some worry that amid pandemic stress, more teachers may walk away.
Colorado’s vaccine schedule won’t salvage a school year upended by coronavirus
By the time teachers are vaccinated, schools will be headed to summer break. Districts are calling for teachers to move to the top of Phase 2 inoculations.
Proposition 116 explained: Colorado must decide whether an income tax cut is worth a hit to state budget
The measure would lower the state’s income tax on individuals and corporations to 4.55% from 4.63%, lowering state revenue more than $150 million a year
“At a breaking point”: Colorado schools plead for help as stress of pandemic teaching piles up
The start of school has been chaotic for districts amid the coronavirus crisis. Educators fear that without more support, students will be left behind.
Colorado’s two main teachers unions launch merger talks
The Colorado Education Association and AFT Colorado announced this week that they are forming an “exploratory unity committee” to look at consolidation
New Colorado quarantine guidance would allow more students to stay in school
In cases where students or staff have mild symptoms that resolve within 24 hours and community transmission is low, the new guidance lays out ways to keep students in school
Colorado teachers may refuse to report for work unless their coronavirus requests are met
Colorado Education Association president Amie Baca-Oehlert told a news conference that union members want more of a say in how school districts implement safety protocols
Colorado teachers want a voice as schools plan for fall classes during coronavirus crisis
Many teachers hope to be with their students, but also have deep concerns about how to bring back in-person learning safely