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When we come together, we make sure all students and educators have the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.


When we come together, we make sure all students and educators have the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. We believe that everyone in Colorado should have the resources to be an advocate for education.

Issues We Care About

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The issues we care about reflect our mission to provide the best public education for every student. We must invest in education, respect educators as true experts in policy and practice, and protect educators’ and students’ safety. Learn more about the issues that we care about here.


Colorado’s public education system is systematically underfunded. Colorado’s unique tax code, in tandem with choices made by our state’s leadership, has resulted in a school system that is operating at a more than decade-long deficit of $10 billion dollars.

Testing and Accountability

We believe that our current model of school and teacher assessment relies far too heavily on results from student testing. Contrary to our current model, an effective accountability system would serve to provide a full picture of how our schools are serving students (based on a broad spectrum of indicators) so that timely support for students’ and educators’ needs can be provided.

School Safety

Our schools – their successes and their challenges – are often a reflection of the issues our communities are wrestling with. This is especially obvious with our schools’ ongoing struggle to ensure safety of all those who work and learn within them each day.

Mental Health

In the majority of our schools, current mental health support is inadequate: if schools have counselors, their caseloads are way too large. Given the educator shortage, school psychologists and counselors often pull double-duty and are asked to do testing or other activities with students.

Gun Violence in Schools

We all know that gun violence in schools is a critical issue. 67% of educators are “very” or “somewhat worried” about a mass shooting at their school. It’s time we listen to educators who are at the center of this issue, and live with its complexities and repercussions every day.

Educator Rights

Respecting our educators as professional experts in our field means more than just paying a living wage. It means centering our voices and expertise in legislation that affects our work. We stand up for educators having a voice in decisions that affect them and will fight to protect and expand labor and workers rights in Colorado.

Why Elections Matter

Public education policy and politics are tightly connected. Every election is a great opportunity to elect pro-public education candidates who will collaborate with CEA and our local associations to improve learning conditions for students and working conditions of educators.

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Bargaining and Organizing

By acting collectively, our members stand up to face challenges that come in the way of our goal to make every school the best public school it can be for every student. As the largest union in the state of Colorado, we have the power to continue to protect and advance public education and the labor movement as a whole. Learn more about our bargaining and organizing achievements here.

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Legislative Advocacy

We stand with you at the capitol. CEA’s Government Relations team works with educators at the capitol and during elections to advocate for education, and the school funding and common-sense education policies our students and educators deserve. Read about our legislative advocacy here. 

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State of Education

The State of Education report is a compilation of data and research, news, and member surveys that illustrates how the systemic disinvestment in Colorado education has affected every aspect of educators’ and students’ lives.  Read the State of Education report here.

Become a Member

There is power in numbers. Joining together in strong union allows us to empower educators and give you a collective voice to negotiate and advocate for your students, your workplace, and your profession.