In Colorado, Who Will Teacher the Children?

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Colorado Teacher union officials’ #RedforEd campaign will include several rallies which will take teachers from the classroom.  Montey Whaley has the story in the Denver Post.

The Colorado Education Association’s #RedForED publicity blitz includes on-the-ground efforts and social-media campaigns aimed at getting voters to back Amendment 73, CEA president Amie Baca-Oehlert said Tuesday.

The first “Day of Action” is scheduled for Friday, with teachers and community members from all over Colorado taking to local main streets and picketing for up to two hours for better school funding, Baca-Oehlert said.

Amendment 73 would raise personal income taxes for residents making more than $150,000 per year and also raise the corporate income tax and make adjustments to property taxes.

A growing list of critics say Amendment 73 is vague in describing how the increased funding is to be used and would increase the tax burden on local businesses. Groups like the CEA are also using picketing and social media pushes to appeal to “us versus them” emotions, said Luke Ragland, president of ReadyCO, a conservative group that examines school funding issues.

“They are using hashtags that say things like ‘schools not corporations’ and others that exacerbate the divisions in our society,” Ragland said. “It’s being sold as ‘left versus right’ or ‘liberal versus conservative’ and that’s not what we need right now.”