CO’s Jefferson County Schools to Cancel Classes on April 26, 2018, “Due to Labor Shortages.”

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On April 26, 2018, Jefferson County (Colorado) Schools (JeffCo) teachers plan to demonstrate at the state capital in a effort to garner increased funding for their classrooms and their pensions.

In anticipation of high teacher participation in the protest, JeffCo “superintendent and chief lerner,” Jason Glass, decided to cancel school. Below is the full text of his letter to Jeffco parents, which, according to KDVR.com, was circulated on Tuesday, April 17, 2018:

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS APRIL 26

Dear Jeffco Families,

Jeffco Public Schools will be closed for students on Thursday, April 26, 2018 due to labor shortages.

As you are likely aware, 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…

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