Kyla Sandoval has been a teacher at DPS for 2 years. A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado’s Education program, she has slaved away for a pittance at a crime-ridden, run-down high school (which shall remain anonymous). As coach of the debate team, Ms. Sandoval has inspired her pupils to go beyond the “Fuck you!… No, fuck you!” exchanges typical of DPS debate clubs. But for all her efforts, Ms. Sandoval has yet to be paid enough to cover rent and expenses without public assistance. “Damn dude, it really sucks to be on SNAPs and have to do the whole LulaRoe routine when you already have a full time job!” Kyla went on to explain how she has a veritable Pikes Peak in student loan debt.
Kyla’s story is one of many for teachers at DPS. Is it any wonder that the teacher’s union is considering a strike? Ms. Sandoval explained what was behind the putative strike, “I’ll be honest: I was truly inspired by the government shutdown, and I think teachers at Denver Public Schools (DPS) should follow the fine example that our president is giving us. THAT’S why we like to use ‘Red for Ed;’ our president is of the party that has red as its color and he’s shutting everything down. It’s like we’re the same or something… we just want to make enough bread to make a living and shit.”
Focopolitan Tribune reporter Buck Hummingbird interviewed the president of the PTA of said high school. La’Tonya Jackson had this to say, “If this ‘Red for Ed’ thing happens, the education my kids gonna git is gonna have to be better than the education they git from watching daytime TV!” Ms. Jackson paused, “But it’s probably all gonna wind up just like our president: don’t do shit and nuthin’ git done!”
Although Denver’s “Red for Ed” movement has yet to initiate its strike, the claims have been heard loud and clear. Whether anybody will do jack shit about it, is another story…