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Issues We Care About

The education 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 education issues that we care about below.

Education Funding

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.

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.