Commuting by bicycles to the “Red for Ed” teacher’s walkout, leading the way Cherry Creek School District Teachers Anni Chaloupka with Jared Zents and Sabrina Raugutt. Photos by Stefan Krusze.
On April 26, and 27, Colorado Public School Teachers joined the states of West Virginia, Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky in walking out of classrooms and off their jobs. Not just to protest low teaching wages, they were raising awareness in the overall disproportionate rate of public education funding. Most importantly, the needs of the students and the classrooms where their work is being done.
Over the two-day period, teachers from about 18 Colorado school districts participated in the walkout, which included 1,400 teachers from the Cherry Creek School District who chose to take a personal day to participate.
Cherry Creek School District Superintendent Harry Bull has been vocal for the increased need for more funding for public education. He does not take lightly an entire district school closure, however, and advanced preparations were taken on his behalf in order for teachers from CCSD to participate, after the notice of participation was given to the administration April 16.
The Colorado “Red for Ed” teacher walkout was highly organized, and extremely civil in nature. Denver police were on hand to ensure public safety and that no problems with unruly behavior occurred. After all, teachers have firsthand knowledge in keeping order and civility.
Engineer Jim Schreckengast with a vintage large-scale slide rule. The type that was used to teach advanced mathematics to engineering students before there were hand-held calculators and classroom computers. Perhaps something to look at, since the use of slide rules helped to put a man into outer space, on “the moon and return him safely to Earth.”
Denver Police respecting public school teacher’s right to publicly assemble and assist as needed for safety.
The devil is in the details of Amy Springer’s sign, a teacher from a district that recently approved the “Four Day School Week” in order to save money.
Colorado school teachers walking and surround the state capitol.
Nothing can hold back determined teachers, Cherry Creek High School science teacher Kaitlin Wanberg, accompanied by a teacher from Swansea Elementary, Patty Cisneros Prevo, holding her daughter Nayah Prevo. Photos by Stefan Krusze
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