Students protest teacher turnover in Douglas County


PARKER, Colo. | Some students in Douglas County say too many of their teachers are leaving and they the school district to do something about it.

About 100 students walked out of class on Wednesday to protest the turnover at Ponderosa High School. About 1,600 people have also signed an online petition demanding answers.

Teacher turnover in the district have risen from 13.3 percent to 16.7 in the last three years but has dropped at Ponderosa over the same time.

The Denver Post ( ) reports that Superintendent Liz Celania-Fagen says that most of the teachers leaving are ones deemed ineffective while more than 95 percent of highly effective teachers have stayed.