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Thompson teachers rally before, after school

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Deanna Wagner | 17 April, 2018, 10:31

Watkins also said there will be mental health professionals available in the school for students and teachers impacted by the incident. In addition, teachers that are appointed in various government schools and colleges are inexperienced because of which students suffer the most.

Teachers in Colorado earn about $7,000 below the national average of $58,064 a year, according to a survey by the Colorado School Finance Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit education watchdog group.

The Colorado Education Association said on average, a teacher takes $656 out of pocket a year, to pay for resources for his or her students.

Oklahoma teachers were heading back to classrooms after staging a nine-day walkout, in which they filled the state capitol building in Oklahoma City to demand the restoration of funding for education they say has been drastically reduced over the past decade.

It's a conversation they want lawmakers to start hearing.

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Nearly thirty Oklahoma schools have announced cancellation for Wednesday's classes and admitted that if they do not see a legislative change, the protests could continue through the week.

"This first planned organized activity is to raise awareness", McNamee said. However, teachers said this was not enough and have asked for a $10,000 raise and additional school funding. About 15 from the Thompson Education Association planned to be part of a morning meeting with legislators with more traveling to Denver after school for a 4:30 p.m. rally.

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

Some educators, including Berryhill Public Schools teacher Christina Floyd, have been at the Capitol every day since April 2. "We spend more and more of our own money to do things", McNamee said. Because of insufficient budgets, 20 percent of the state's school districts were forced to cut the school week to four days.