Colorado IAF is standing with teachers as they negotiate with the Denver Public School District to improve teacher compensation and classroom conditions. After a winter assembly, in which hundreds of Colorado IAF leaders challenged school board members to stand with teachers, many elected officials publicly declared their support, including a Colorado State Senator, Denver Public Schools Boardmember and local City Councilmember.
During the meeting, supporters of teachers formed a picket line outside Emily Griffith High School. As protesters marched up and down the sidewalk, speakers invited to the event by Industrial Areas Foundation of Colorado, a consortium of unions, religious institutions and community activists, spoke about standing in solidarity with teachers. Story
Members of Colorado’s Industrial Areas Foundation — a national organization of faith leaders, unions and community organizations — joined the group of teachers, DPS children and parents who filled the bargaining room at the Department of Extended Learning and Community Schools building.
The group, including the NAACP’s Billy Williams and local faith leaders and teachers from neighboring districts, asked to speak with DPS officials and then headed upstairs, encircling Cordova and Ferrandino in a small room.
Members took turns presenting a speech that critiqued the district’s “bloated administration,” accused the district of a “divide and conquer” approach around speaking to teachers about negotiations, and quoted Scripture in noting: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” More here.