Colorado State Senator Bob Gardner: Teacher strike bill will be amended

"The punishment of the organization in the court's discretion of a fine in the amount of $50 per student enrolled in each public school affected by the strike", Gardner said.

He went on to say that even if the teachers are protesting against state lawmakers and not necessarily their school districts or employers, it could still fall under the purview of this bill. "So thank you also for everything you have contributed", Sharon Michalik, Director of Communications for Bay District Schools, said.

Classes have been canceled for hundreds of thousands of students toward the end of the week since there aren't enough substitute teachers to step in.

And now two Republican state lawmakers are working on a bill that would punish teacher unions if they strike.

Colorado consistently ranks in the bottom tier for school funding and teacher pay, though there is considerable variation around the state.

An amendment would focus that punishment on the teacher's union behind the strike.

The Parent Teacher Association for the 15th District released a statement on April 24 regarding the possibility of the state taking over JCPS.

Most importantly, there are better ways to increase teacher pay.

School District 20 has canceled classes for Friday in response to about a quarter of the teachers calling out. "There is a belief among these groups that years of low funding is having a significant impact on our ability to attract quality candidates into the teaching profession, and is impeding the ability to effectively deliver the high level of educational experience our students deserve".

Denver Public Schools, the state's largest district with 92,000 students, announced late Tuesday that there would be early dismissal April 27, with more details to come.

He also adds it's now illegal for public employees in Colorado to strike.

  • Jon Douglas