The Centennial State’s first union for public school workers took shape in 1875 when educators convened and voted to form the Colorado Education Association. By 1921, the teachers’ union had nearly 6,000 members – nearly 84% of all Colorado educators.
In 1929, CEA became an affiliate of the National Education Association – America’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to advancing the cause of public education.
Today, the Colorado branch remains among the largest in the nation, under the leadership of President Amie Baca-Oehlert who, following her 2018 election, took leave from her classroom duties in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools District.
– Hannah Van Sickle, The Colorado 100