Jeffco schools closed April 26 for teacher shortage

More than 1,600 teachers have requested the day off

Posted 4/18/18

Jefferson County Public Schools will be closed April 26 due to a labor shortage.

Diana Wilson, chief communications officer for the district, said that as of April 17, 1,650 teachers had put in …

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Jeffco schools closed April 26 for teacher shortage

More than 1,600 teachers have requested the day off

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Jefferson County Public Schools will be closed April 26 due to a labor shortage.

Diana Wilson, chief communications officer for the district, said that as of April 17, 1,650 teachers had put in for leave this day. With the high number of teachers out of school, the district has decided to close school for students. Teachers who have not put in for leave are still expected to work.

The Jefferson County Education Association has chosen April 26 as its day to lobby at the State Capitol. It is expected that Jeffco teachers are using this leave day to join in the protest.

"We expect many teachers and staff members are going to the state capitol to petition their legislators," Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass wrote in a letter to parents.

Glass also wrote,"K-12 public education funding and the long-term stabilization of the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) system are problematic in Colorado.

Public education staff, parents, and other supporters have become increasingly vocal in their advocacy for increased funding for our K-12 public schools and the stabilization of PERA. There is a belief among these groups that years of low funding is having a significant impact on our ability to attract quality candidates into the teaching profession, and is impeding the ability to effectively deliver the high level of educational experience our students deserve."

About 400 teachers, many from Englewood Schools, protested at the Capitol Monday, April 16. Many schools and districts — including schools in Jefferson County — held “walk-ins” instead.

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