DENVER (CBS4)– Students from across Colorado gathered at the state Capitol on Thursday. They took time away from the classroom to get attention for funding for education.

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They’re members of the Colorado Youth Congress and they lined the steps all the way from the first floor to the dome.

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“I think it’s important because it gives every student a fair shot in life. Truly I believe no kid should be relegated from a quality school experience,” said Doherty High School student Teris Tatum.

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Those who want change say Colorado ranks 47th in the U.S. for funding for each student and last for teacher wage competitiveness.