COLORADO TEACHERS ‘SALARY: Students work on proposal to increase teachers’ salaries
CAMPO, Colorado (KDVR) – Many teachers will tell you that they don’t come into the profession for pay. According to Teach Colorado, where you work in Colorado depends on how much you will be paid.
In Denver public schools, a first-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree can earn almost $ 46,000. But in Pueblo, the starting salary is almost $ 5,000 less at $ 39,000.
Teachers’ salaries in rural Colorado are even lower. Some students and teachers want to change this. On the other side of the debate, some oppose it because Colorado is a locally controlled state, the proposal could run into some problems.
Malcolm Lovejoy is a senior at Campo. His mother teaches at his school where he will be one of four postgraduate graduates.
“Obviously the teacher’s salary really affects me, she’s a single mom and that’s something that really matters to me. I can see the impacts of the problem every day, ”Lovejoy said.
Lovejoy and CU Colorado Springs assistant professor Robert Micthell are working together to garner enough support from lawmakers for a bill that would ensure teachers in all parts of the state receive at least $ 40,000.
“We estimate the cost to be around $ 35 million, but replacing even a fifth of the teachers we’re considering would be way more than that,” Mitchell said. “We know there is a cost involved, and we know it is difficult in these difficult times to know where the money is coming from, but we have also come to the point where we need to do something.”
But because Colorado is a state of local control, which means decisions made about students and teachers are left to districts and school boards, some opponents say the bill could face an uphill battle when ‘it will be a question of locking in this amount of $ 40,000.
Lovejoy and Mitchell said they were working with another high school and graduate student on a plan to get him adopted.
“The way it would work is to say that Malcolm here is a teacher at Campo High School and he makes $ 30,000 a year, the state would come up that extra $ 10,000 to bring him to that level of.” $ 40,000. As he gains more education and more experience, the district would obviously add more to his salary as he increases. But we really feel like getting a base of $ 40,000 is huge, ”Mitchell said.
Lovejoy and Mitchell are confident that they will get the bill on file this next session. We spoke with education committee representative chairwoman Barbara McLachlan, who said she applauds the high school student for his research, but lawmakers will really need to examine the idea to see if this solution is a possibility for them. the whole state.
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