National Recap: Colorado teachers plan walkout

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In addition, a public school employer would be prohibited from consenting to or condoning a strike, as well as being prohibited from paying a public school teacher for any day they participate in a strike.

The announcement notes that in Colorado, the state funds education at an average of $2,500 per student less than the national average, and is even lower in northeastern plains school districts.

The bill comes amid a broader conversation about school funding and teacher pay that prompted some teachers to make a visit to the state capitol last week, with a second round of demonstrations planned for later this week.

West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona and Kentucky have all seen teacher protests over the past few months.

House Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, said she thinks it should be left up to teachers to decide if they want to strike or not.

"I'm not sure it has 100 percent support in the Republican caucus", Grantham said.

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Furthermore, the measure would allow a school district to be able to immediately fire a teacher - without a hearing - should they violate a court order prohibiting a strike.

One of the bill's sponsors, Republican State Rep. Paul Lundeen said in a statement that he supports better teacher pay, but says strikes aren't productive. "I'm open to some changes in the penalty".

Schools will be closed Thursday in Jefferson and Douglas counties because so many teachers are expected to be at the state Capitol.

The decision of whether to recommend a takeover is in the hands of interim Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis, who was appointed to the position last week after the former head of Kentucky's public schools, Stephen Pruitt, resigned under pressure from a newly reconstituted state education board. "Our voters elect here in the community understand what students need to be successful in schools much better than a political appointee from Frankfort".

"These aren't new discussions", said Senate President Pro Tem Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling.

Hundreds of teachers skipped school, marched across the Denver metro area and gathered at the state Capitol on Monday and Tuesday morning to get their message across: more funding for schools. "We have a fair number of districts who have negotiated contractors and we certainly wouldn't support bad faith bargaining with those districts".

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