Teachers in other states saw what could be gained by protesting a system that hurt them and were emboldened to fight for student necessities and fair wages and benefits.
The Economic Policy Institute, a progressive think tank, ranked Colorado 50th, ahead only of Arizona, in how teacher pay compares to that of other college-educated workers. She said teams of educators from around the state will continue to go to the capitol to lobby lawmakers for more education funds. According to the National Education Association, Colorado teachers average $US46,000 per year, and rural-based Colorado teachers can make as little as $US30,000.
Teachers say it's about more than a salary raise.
Katrina Ruff, a local Oklahoma City teacher, stood with hundreds of fellow protestors at the Capitol chanting "No funding, no future!"
Some teachers told CBS4 they are exhausted of having to take time away from the classroom to rally and fix the numerous issues within public education.
Blizzard conditions close multiple roads in eastern Colorado
Saturday night: There's a 50 percent chance of rain with new precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
School buses are rolling and school bells are ringing.
"We must work harder than ever to elect education champions who will put students first", said Priest, adding that a number of OEA members a planning on running for the state legislature.
These movements were largely inspired by a nine-day statewide teacher walkout in West Virginia that began February 22, resulting in their winning the 5 percent pay increase they wanted. Just last week, Oklahoma legislature voted to provide an average raise of $6,000 per year to teachers.
Kentucky public school teachers rally for a "day of action" at the Kentucky State Capitol to try to pressure legislators to override Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin's recent veto of the state's tax and budget bills April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Kentucky.
"West Virginia woke us up", Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association, told cheering teachers at a rally in Phoenix last month.