Headlines recently have focused on thousands of teachers across the country who have walked out of their classrooms and marched on state Capitols, lobbying legislators for increased funding for salaries and pensions.
Teachers make a strong case that their salaries have not kept pace with inflation, much less given them an effective raise. However, overall funding for education in Colorado and the United States as a whole is robust. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United States is one of the top five countries in the world for education spending per student.
So if the education dollars are there, and teachers aren’t getting raises, where is that money going?
Jill Cullis is a Denver-area public school civics teacher who has seen first hand the changes in how education dollars are spent over her 31-year career. She knows intuitively what the numbers show us — education dollars aren’t making it to the classroom, but instead are getting sucked up into administrative bureaucracy.
She made the decision not to walkout as part of the protests organized by government unions and instead took a different stand — one that could actually benefit teachers and students.
Jill’s story is part of Thought.buzz Stories, a series of conversations with people whose perspectives may challenge our notions of Left/Right debates and why we believe what we do.
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