CEA Statement re: State of Colorado Educator Appreciation Day Proclamation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2021

TODAY: Colorado Educators and Education Support Professionals Appreciation Day
Gov. Jared Polis proclamation expresses respect and gratitude for school staffs

This statement may be attributed to Amie Baca-Oehlert, high school counselor and president of the Colorado Education Association (CEA):

“We thank Gov. Jared Polis and Sen. Nancy Todd for recognizing Colorado educators’ hard work under the most dire of circumstances this school year. We are grateful for the proclamation honoring Colorado educators and education support professionals. We would also like to thank Sen. Todd for her lifelong service to students as an educator and legislator.

“Starting the new year with this proclamation provides momentum to ensure every public school is a place with exceptional teaching and learning, no matter what neighborhood it serves. We look forward to working with the governor’s office and the state legislature to turn the powerful words in this proclamation into meaningful legislation that gives Colorado educators the resources they need to provide our students the public education they deserve. We will continue to work to increase public education funding in our state after a decade of more than $10 billion in cuts. We will fiercely advocate for policies that promote justice and equity for our students, improve an evaluation system that places importance on professional development rather than punishment, find creative ways to address educator workload, and keep our students and educators healthy and safe in the midst of this COVID-19 global pandemic.”

State of Colorado Proclamation: Educators and Education Support Professionals Appreciation Day

About the Colorado Education Association
The Colorado Education Association is a membership-based organization that represents 39,000 Colorado educators. The CEA promise to our students and communities is that the members of the Association will lead the way in guaranteeing every student access to the best public education. By working collectively with all education stakeholders, we will provide the best public education for every student and assure Colorado’s standing as an excellent state in which to learn, live, work, and raise a family.

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