FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2022
Colorado Education Association Response to the Governor’s State of the State Address
DENVER – The following statement is a response to Gov. Polis’ State of the State address and can be attributed to Amie Baca-Oehlert, high school counselor and president of the Colorado Education Association:
“We thank Gov. Polis and the Colorado state lawmakers for making public education a priority this legislative session. We look forward to working with the governor and the legislature on finding common sense solutions to the problems we are facing.
“Last month the Colorado Education Association released its annual State of Education report, which paints a dire picture of public education in Colorado. Our schools are under-resourced, under-staffed and with the latest onslaught of COVID-19, things don’t look to be getting any better any time soon.
“Our members will be in the halls of the Capitol this year to advocate for CEA legislative priorities like introducing and passing a statewide collective bargaining bill, increasing the funding that our schools desperately need, working toward seeing the state keep its promise to our retired PERA members and finding a common sense solution to easing the state back into its normal accountability system while we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic. It is time we right the public education system in Colorado and make it the best in the nation.”
About the Colorado Education Association
The Colorado Education Association is the voice of 39,000 educators, working together in a strong union to ensure all students get the exceptional public schools they deserve, in every neighborhood across the state. As Colorado’s largest labor union, CEA works collectively with all education stakeholders to ensure Colorado’s standing as an excellent state in which to learn, live, work, and raise a family.
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