DENVER- During the 2018 legislative session, teachers all across the state traveled to the state capitol to protest teacher pay, among other concerns related to the classroom.
For some districts, the strike didn’t stop at the capitol either.
Pueblo District 60 teachers walked out of the classroom for a full school week, ultimately resulting in changes from the school board when it comes to teacher pay and incentives.
With a new legislative session already underway, more than a dozen bills have already been introduced.
Some of these new bills focus on teacher pay, including a bill offering bonuses for ‘highly effective’ teachers- introduced by Senator Paul Lundeen (R- Monument).
‘We’re very excited that our new Governor has put forward the idea of full day Kindergarten, ‘said Phyllis Robinette, President of the Pikes Peak Education Association and a 2nd grade teacher at Palmer Lake Elementary.
Robinette was among the thousands of teachers that protested at the capitol last year.
As an educator for 33 years, she says she’s seen so much over the years and change needs to happen to give teachers and students the resources they need to succeed.
While not introduced yet, first- year Representative Bri Buentello of Pueblo told News 5 at the opening day of the legislature, she’ll be introducing three bills related to education.
As someone who lives in rural Pueblo, Buentello says she wants to make that a priority: giving students in rural districts more resources.
‘With Amendment 73, I’m glad that our legislators say they need to consider funding, we need to do it differently,’ said Robinette.
As ballot measures like Amendment 73 failed with voters in November, lawmakers will have to continue to look at ways to fund education.
House Education Bills
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