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Denver teacher strike comes to a close

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/14/19, 12:29 pm

Denver Public Schools and teachers announced an end to the three-day strike with a deal that raises pay by 11 percent, with built-in cost-of-living increases and more opportunities for future raises. The full union membership still needs to ratify the agreement. More than half of the district’s teachers went on strike Monday, but schools remained open, staffed by administrators and the teachers who stayed. The initial talks broke down over a demand that the district rely less on bonuses for educators in high-poverty and high-priority schools, which the district used to boost academic performance among poor and minority students. The union said the question will be studied.

The union has not technically called off the strike, due to negotiations lasting late into the night, The Denver Post reported, but Superintendent Susana Cordova encouraged the teachers to return to the classrooms: “If you want to come in, as soon as you can, come in.” The district’s preschool programs will remain closed one more day.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 02/14/2019 04:47 pm

    11%!!  Nice!  Almost double what LA teachers got. 

    Fearless prediction:  more teachers in more school districts will be “inspired” to go the same route. 

    Second fearless prediction: students’ test results will show no improvement. 

    Posted: Thu, 02/14/2019 08:08 pm

    "My 2nd job paid for this sign." That is a problem unto itself. Teachers are supposed to take the summers and recoop. Instead they are able to get another job and make more money. Which is why there should be year-round school. I know a teacher who was flipping houses in his spare time.

    Then there are some firefighters who work long hours and get another job in their spare time. It's not because they need the money, it's because they can.