Guest Commentary: Colorado teachers are ready to strike to fix a broken education system
I recently returned from an extended trip and was enjoying catching up on the Denver Post. I noticed two Letters to the Editor in response to Amie Baca-Oehlert’s November 30th column. I immediately submitted the message below to the Denver Post. I wonder if they will print it!
“I am surprised and disheartened by the disrespect for teachers expressed in both letters published in December 8th‘s Opinion section, regarding a potential teacher strike. I attended the CEA event where these teacher survey results were revealed, well before Proposition CC was defeated. Baca-Oehlert was informing the public about teacher sentiment, not threatening us! Teachers who cannot afford to remain in the classroom cannot possibly be there for the kids. The second letter writer’s derision is palpable. Teachers have been doing exactly what he suggests, and future teachers are being dissuaded from entering the field, which is why there is a critical teacher shortage that is expected to increase. Everyone in education knows very well that schools cannot function without teachers.” ~Donna Morganstern