I am a resident of Englewood and a Littleton Public Schools (LPS) high school social studies teacher. With almost three decades of experience in LPS, I have experienced shrinking financial support in the midst of rising costs of living and significant declines in people wanting to come into the profession.
This “perfect storm” of disappearing resources, increased demands out of the classroom, and shrinking community of educators led me to the Capitol this week to address these concerns directly with my Sen. Jeff Bridges and Rep. Froelich among others members of the legislature representing Littleton Public Schools. I delivered a petition with 70 of my teaching colleagues names, demanding immediate action around the state’s investment in education and teacher pay.
While U.S. News and World Report ranks Colorado’s first economically and 11th in education, we rank 31st in average teacher salary, 47th in education funding and 51st for teacher wage competitiveness. In the words of the movie “Patriot Games,” “we are way beyond birthdays” now for the need to support teachers.
We need to support teacher compensation statewide with SB20-089 and repay the $8 billion borrowed against education funding from the economic downturn in 2008. That is why I invite you to join me at the Capital again March 19 to support education in Colorado.
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