Teachers march to state Capitol to demand more classroom funding

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Many districts, meanwhile, reopened again Monday after the Oklahoma Education Association, the state's largest teacher's union, announced late last week that they were ending the ongoing walkout after nine days.

Cohn says at this point, she's 51 years old and it's just not feasible for her to start a new career - which means she's dependent on getting the pension benefits she expected.

On Sunday, teachers in the Poudre School District were preparing for a busy Monday. It was unclear on Sunday whether more school districts would be closing.

But advocates are pushing for more because the state is now underfunding schools by about $830 million, Dallman said. The protest April 16 was organized by the Colorado Education Association, which represents more than 35,000 educators, many of whom say too many teachers in the state are forced to work second jobs and pay out of pocket for classroom supplies.

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"Several classes and schools in the province will be merged with each other as a temporary solution to the teacher shortage", said Huynh Minh Thuan, director of the Gia Lai Department of Education and Training.

Steve Collins, who follows 9NEWS on Twitter, said what he most wanted to know about the protests was "If they are so concerned about the kids, are they not DOING THEIR jobs today?".

The state budget for next year includes $150 million in increased school funding, but lawmakers have not committed to continuing that increase in future years.

"We have a team working on action plans to help everybody learn and grow on how to respond to our students", Smith said. "We need a viable profession". He likened being a teacher to "becoming a father".

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And though she'll see her salary increase by about $5,800 with the new pay scale, after 10 years in the classroom, Wiser said she now only makes about $34,000 with a master's degree in chemistry.

They rallied outside the building Monday, holding signs and chanting slogans like "You left me no choice".

Teachers have been deeply critical of detrimental cuts to public education over the past decade, low classroom teacher pay, soaring class sizes and outdated textbooks.

Colorado's average teacher salary - $46,155 - ranks 46th in the country.

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