Gardner says he is surprised by how the measure has been characterized as "jailing teachers".
DISCIPLINE A report from a government watchdog agency looked at various disparities in discipline, but the issue of whether charter schools suspend students more than traditional schools is complicated.
Hundreds of teachers skipped school, marched across the Denver metro area and gathered at the state Capitol on Monday and Tuesday morning to get their message across: more funding for schools. It would also allow a school district the ability to fire a teacher if they violate a court order prohibiting a strike. The strike wouldn't happen immediately.
The state's largest school district, of more than 100,000 students, has been under examination by the state of Kentucky for more than a year.
SERVICE Volunteers worked this weekend across the state on various community projects including beautifying 25 schools.
Senate President Kevin Grantham, a Republican, said he was unsure of how far the bill, which was proposed by Senate Republicans, would make it in Colorado's Senate.
State Senate Bill 264 originally sought to prohibit public school teachers and teacher organizations from striking. Any educator who doesn't comply would be in contempt and therefore face fines or up to six months in jail, or both.
He also doesn't believe it would apply to the rallies planned for the end of the week since the teachers were given the time off by their schools.
"Last week was really phenomenal", said Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, of a teachers' demonstration at the Capitol last week.
Most importantly, there are better ways to increase teacher pay.
Republicans have said educators' demands are misplaced since individual districts set what educators are paid, and point out that state lawmakers this session have set aside millions to bolster school funding.
We now know there will be excessive levels of absences throughout our district.