Colorado teachers plan their own Capitol rally Monday

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Dozens of Colorado teachers are at the state Capitol pushing for more money for schools.

Some school districts were forced to close because teachers did not report for work.

The department will call for financial contribution from members of the society to pay the teachers instead of relying exclusively on the Government's payroll, he said.

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Englewood Schools Superintendent Wendy Rubin says that over 70 percent of the district's teachers are expected to be absent.

They rallied outside the building Monday, holding signs and chanting slogans like "You left me no choice".

About 19,000 teachers are working in the province, from kindergarten to general education levels.

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"We're willing to contribute more" to PERA, but some parts of the bill go too far, said Moraja, who is thankful for recent bond funding Englewood voters have passed but lamented that Colorado students are among the least funded in the country. He said because funding is so low, he feels his students don't have the resources they need to succeed. They want to pay for a boat.

"This first planned organized activity is to raise awareness", McNamee said.

The Economic Policy Institute, a progressive think tank, ranked Colorado 50th, ahead only of Arizona, in how teacher pay compares to that of other college-educated workers.

Monday's crowd was much quieter and subdued as educators spent the day trying to meet one-on-one with elected officials.

"I've taught for over 34 years and it's getting worse instead of better".

"We have more and more students coming to us who have trauma, abuse, neglect, or complex histories that impact their ability to learn and responds in ways that we're used to", Smith said. Pleasantview has 720 students in nursery through to fifth grade, according to the school district's website.

Henry Roman, a teacher from Columbian Elementary School in northwest Denver, said class size is a pressing issue in his city.

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