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Pueblo Education Association launches campaign to improve schools

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Improvements could soon be coming to Pueblo City Schools.

That’s the goal of a new campaign the Pueblo Education Association is launching this fall.

The association announced the campaign on Thursday.

Instead of endorsing a school board candidate like they usually do, members are focusing on several issues they believe are critical to improving education for Pueblo students.

The campaign is something they hope parents and others in the community will support. 

"What I'm concerned, as a grandparent, is that I think there's too many students, 30 students per one teacher."

Crowded classrooms are just one of several concerns that Maxine Russell has for her grandson and other students in District 60.

Russell said, "I think that if they would minimize it to 20 students per class I think that the children would be educated better."

Having smaller classes in Pueblo City Schools is just one of Suzanne Ethredge’s goals. She’s the president of the Pueblo Education Association.

Ethredge said, "The most critical need in my view is listening to educators. They are the closest to the children and I believe they are the ones that could really help this district move forward…I also believe that resources is a traditionally big issue for us in Pueblo City Schools."

With a new campaign, she and other members of the Pueblo Education Association are hoping to bring about change in these areas.

Ethredge said, "Because we've had to rely on grants and those kinds of programs to fund our schools what happens is you end up with pockets of places where students might have access to technology more than students in other schools would have it."

Another goal of the campaign is to get art, music, and physical education classes in every school.

Ethredge said, "I think we can do it, but I think it's going to take all of us pulling together."

As for Russell, she thinks the new campaign is “fantastic.”

Ethredge says the campaign website will launch soon.

In the coming weeks the association will be canvassing neighborhoods and the business community to get other people involved.

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