The rea­son for Col­orado’s teacher short­age should be ob­vi­ous

The Denver Post - - OPINION - David Ryan,

The Col­orado Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion is hold­ing town hall meet­ings at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the state to ad­dress the teacher short­age in the state. As a re­tired teacher who taught for 36 years in Ari­zona and Col­orado, it seems to me the rea­son for the short­age is ob­vi­ous and the meet­ings a waste of time.

I do not know what the start­ing salary is in ur­ban ar­eas of Col­orado, but when the start­ing salary in many ru­ral ar­eas is near $30,000, it is not nec­es­sary to ex­plore the rea­son why more col­lege stu­dents do not want to go into ed­u­ca­tion. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­post.com or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is for our pur­poses only; we will not share it with any­one else. You can reach us by tele­phone at 303-954-1331.

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