We came across this article and wanted to share the information to make sure everyone has a chance to see it: http://www.journal-advocate.com/sterling-local_news/ci_31841771/parties-diverge-response-teacher-protests
“Senate Republicans, however, have pointed out this week that unlike the other states, they have no say in how much teachers are paid. That’s because salaries are set by the state’s 178 local school districts, rather than by the legislature, which is how it’s done elsewhere.”
“Senate Republican leadership blasted the teachers’ union for stirring up teachers on issues the legislature can’t address, such as teacher pay.”
“Senate President Kevin Grantham of Canon City added that the union isn’t giving teachers accurate information. “They’re not being told the truth” about how the state is addressing school funding. “I’m not sure what the reason is for the rally,” he added. “It’s not about issues we can deal with,” such as teacher salaries.”
Sadly, these legislators aren’t telling the truth. School districts cannot give raises to staff if Colorado legislators don’t provide them with funding.
This article from Chalkbeat provides a lot of good information for people to understand education funding and the power our legislators have to change funding is in their hands as well as the voters: https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2018/04/26/what-you-need-to-know-to-follow-the-money-debate-behind-the-teacher-walkouts/
Now, we just need you to share and ask people to take the time to read this and start supporting teachers and students. And we also need you to sign a petition, carry a petition, and share information about #GSTC2018 with everyone you know.