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Teacher absences after strike vote closes 2 Pueblo schools

Author: Associated Press - April 23, 2018 - Updated: April 23, 2018

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Colorado teachers rally outside the state Capitol to demand more funding for schools and oppose changes to the state’s pension system in Denver on April 16. They later headed inside to lobby lawmakers in an event organized by the Colorado Education Association, the state’s biggest teachers union. (AP Photo/Colleen Slevin)

PUEBLO — Two schools in Pueblo are closed because of a lack of teachers following a vote by educators to authorize a strike.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports that the closures of Heritage Elementary and East High schools on Monday followed the cancellation of classes Corwin International Magnet School on Friday.

The president of the Pueblo Education Association, Suzanne Ethredge, says the union isn’t involved in organizing or endorsing teacher call-outs.

Teachers voted 471-24 in favor of a strike in an election that ended Friday. Paraprofessionals also voted to strike last week.

The state labor department has until the first week of May to decide whether to try to broker a resolution. If officials step in, a strike could be delayed for another 180 days, into the next school year.

Associated Press