Educators react to PERA report

Frustration Continues as “Shared Sacrifice” Once Again Means “Educator Sacrifice”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 21, 2019

Denver – Statement from Amie Baca-Oehlert, president of the Colorado Education Association, on Friday’s PERA report that says current educators will contribute more to PERA and retired educators will get less beginning this summer:

“Time and time again, Colorado teachers, special service providers, and support staff have agreed to shared sacrifice for the common good and time and time again, those educators are left holding the short straw. Educators, many of whom work two or more jobs and struggle to make ends meet, and whose own children often qualify for free or reduced lunches are continually asked to shoulder the burden. Colorado’s economy is one of the best in the nation and it is time that we come together to ensure that investment in our educators and schools is prioritized. If Colorado truly wants to attract and retain quality educators, our elected officials must get serious about addressing our funding issues and make decisions that do not result in further financial disadvantage for educators. The 38,000 members of the Colorado Education Association will be working diligently this summer and beyond to hold our elected officials accountable; it’s time they live up to their promises of providing the funding necessary to provide our students with the world-class, quality public education they deserve.”

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