Teachers, Students, Parents Rally for Education Funding in Colorado

Judy Hartnett's picture
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Public education is good for students, good for the state and good for the economy, so funding it adequately should be a priority. That was the message delivered by hundreds who attended a rally this morning on the state Capitol steps.

"We know the best investment we can make is in our public schools," said Kerrie Dallman, president of the Jefferson County Education Association. "We are here to tell our legislators and the public that it's time to take the lead and fund the quality education our students deserve."

Organizers, including the Colorado Education Association, the state's biggest teacher's union, the Colorado Parent Teacher Association, Together Colorado (formerly Metro Organizations for People) and Padres y Jovenes Unidos, had promised 1,000 people would turn out, and the crowd appeared at least that big.

One after another, speakers, who included students and state Rep. Andy Kerr, a Jefferson County Democrat, emphasized the nearly $1 billion cut from education during the current recession, and the dire consequences of those cuts. There was little talk of potential solutions to the revenue shortfall that has plagued schools for four years.

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