This is the first day back to school for many Oklahoma students following the two-week walkout by Oklahoma teachers.
On the same day Oklahoma teachers walked out of classrooms, teachers in Kentucky staged a massive rally near the state Capitol to protest education budget cuts and pension changes.
"It's part of the national conversation amongst teachers", Poudre Education Association president Tom List said.
It would be up to voters to change where the marijuana money goes and give more money for student funding or teacher pay. A day they hope will show signs of progress. The teachers plan to hold a large rally at the capitol this afternoon.
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Waddington, who works in the non-profit sector, said she has seen "firsthand" how overcrowding in schools and lack of capital infrastructures and space limits students' access to library time, sports clubs, gym time and even bathrooms.
Hundreds of Coloradan educators, school administrators and bus drivers, among others, are expected to take over the Capitol building steps on Monday to demand that legislators ensure educators: better wages, an annual commitment to invest $US150 million in state funds to public schools, and that teachers be allowed to retire at 58 rather than 65 in order to protect funds within the Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA). The association is asking its members to wear red - reminiscent of what teachers in Arizona have been doing in a campaign they've called #RedForEd.
Although the governor promised not to use "shell games" to cover the cost of the raise, teachers' union officials said they remain skeptical because Ducey has not detailed how he will pay for it.
"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them", Bevin told reporters Friday. "I mean, I don't know how many more times they can be told", Sears said. "She says that the movement this year in West Virginia gave them "...the guts to stand up for ourselves".