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“Colorado’s fight over collective bargaining rights could hinge on education”

Click here to read more about the collective bargaining bill written to secure collective bargaining rights for Colorado’s 250,000 public sector workers.”

Article by Jason Gonzalez & Erica Meltzer

Accompanying photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post

Black History Month 2022

In honor of this year’s Black History Month (February 1 – March 1), PEA is sharing a variety of arts & culture, literature, and history-related resources that celebrate Black History. Feel free to explore and share the following information with your colleagues and students.

Book Recommendations

Historic Colorado

Black History in Fort Collins

According to historical preservationists here in Fort Collins, 1880 census records note that the Burnside and Clay families were some of the first Black families to reside in Fort Collins. Many members of these families migrated from other states such as Kansas and Arkansas before making Colorado their permanent home.

Colorado State University, originally named Colorado Agriculture College accepted its first Black student, Grafton St. Clair Norman, in 1892

Dearfield, Colorado

Approximately 30 miles outside of Greeley, resides remnants of the first Black settlement in Colorado: Dearfield. Settled in 1910 by Oliver Toussaint Jackson, Dearfield was established to be a prosperous safe haven for Black homesteaders in the early 1900s. At it’s most successful point, Dearfield was inhabited by 300 residents. The town included numerous schools, churches, and restaurants, with agriculture being the primary source of economic growth.

Unfortunately, like many cities across the country, Dearfield was hit hard by the Great Depression. The Dust Bowl also severely impacted the farming town. As the population dwindled, with citizens moving to start their lives over elsewhere. Eventually the town became abandoned after Jackson’s death in 1948.

It would take almost 50 years for the settlement town to be registered as a National Historic Landmark.

Black Lives Matter @ School Week 2022

What originally started as an act of solidarity at a school in Seattle, Washington, Black Lives Matter @ School Day, developed into the week-long movement we know it as today. The goal of Black Lives Matter at School is to spark an ongoing movement of critical reflection, honest conversation, impactful actions in school communities for people of all ages to engage with issues of racial justice. Join PEA, CEA, and NEA in celebrating this impactful week.

Black Lives Matter at School is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education. We encourage all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join our annual week of action during the first week of February each year.​

“A Week of Action. A Year of Purpose. A Lifetime of Practice.”

Check out this site for Black Lives Matter resources from NEA!

Take action and sign the pledge to support racial justice in education!

Ranked Choice Voting Information Session

PEA members are invited to attend an information session about Ranked Choice Voting on Thursday, January 27th, at 5:30pm. This session will be held virtually via Zoom

PEA Negotiations!

Stay tuned for updates from the PEA Negotiations Team! All active links and new announcements will be shared here.

2021 PSD School Board Election News

After significant campaign efforts, PSD school board candidates Kristen Draper (District C), Jim Brokish (District D), Carolyn Reed (District E), and Jessica Zamora (District G), all won their respective school board races. Candidates and PEA members watched the election results roll in, and celebrated early poll numbers at The Lyric.