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Colorado Teacher Protest Shuts Two Suburban Denver Schools

By    |   Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 09:54 AM

Colorado teacher protests closed two suburban Denver high schools as classroom educators continued to balk at possible history curriculum changes and raises tied to student performance.

Jefferson County Public Schools said that 52 of the 65 teachers at Golden High School called off on Monday while 27 of the 37 teachers at Jefferson High School did not show up, according to the Denver Post.

Superintendent Dan McMinimee told the newspaper that the teachers now could face disciplinary action if they are found to be abusing sick and personal day policies to protest.

"Some of our highest-need students didn't get lunch today because they weren't in school," McMinimee told the Denver Post. "We are going to have our building principals work with each teacher involved in this. We will probably dock them a day's pay. I think it's time for this to end. Let's put an end to this."

Teachers have complained about a school board proposal that changes how much of a raise teachers receive, tying it to student performance, reported KCNC-TV. Some parents have vocally taken the side of the teachers, saying they are worried that the new rule could cause the school district to lose good teachers to other districts, noted the television station.

KCNC-TV reported that teachers and students have also protested a school board proposal for a committee to review coursework in an AP history class to promote patriotism and eliminate incidents of civil disobedience.

"America was founded on civil disobedience, so it's very bothersome that that wants to be taken out," Golden High senior Rachel Hilbrecht told KCNC-TV.

Jefferson County Education Association president John Ford told the Denver Post that the union did not organize the absences and its members would honor its contracts.

"The board majority has the ability to put this to an end," Ford told the Denver Post. "They just have to start listening to the community and the students and the parents. People are frustrated."

KMGH-TV reported that the teacher sick-out protests started Sept. 19 at Standley Lake High School and Conifer High School followed by student protests and walk outs at nine different Jefferson County schools, including Columbine and Golden high schools.

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