Denver teachers on strike: "Better pay! Now!"

Denver teachers on strike:

Denver teachers will strike on Monday after negotiations with Denver Public Schools fell through, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association said Saturday.

Some interviewed by the Post expressed concern about the effects that a long strike will have on students.

Denver schoolteachers are going on strike today. She acknowledged reports of students dancing and chanting in the hallways of one high school before walking out.

She said district officials reported that the school was calm by early afternoon. In contrast, it took union and district negotiators more than a week to work through dozens of disagreements on a wide range of topics. According to the Denver Post, the system paid teachers based on performance, with a series of bonuses that the district hoped would attract high quality educators.

Police held traffic as the group crossed intersections.

About 300 substitutes have been hired, and about 1,400 central office staffers have been re-assigned to schools, Alejo said.

They were back in class after six school days.

Denver school officials say more than 2,100 teachers have called in absent as educators went on strike.

According to district data, that's about half of the teachers employed.

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Some teachers argue that spending money on things like smaller class sizes and adding support staff, like counselors, is the best way to help disadvantaged students learn and make them good schools for teachers to work in. "We are incredibly disappointed that on the last day of bargaining and less than two days before a strike, they doubled down on onetime incentives teachers do not want".

Other recent teacher demonstrations, like the teacher walkout in Los Angeles last month, focused on more than pay, such as reducing class size and other issues more directly related to students.

A leading Colorado lawmaker says Denver's teachers strike underscores the need to boost funding of public schools across the state.

Denver teachers went on strike Monday after failing to reach a deal with administrators on pay.

Denver teachers have gone on strike after failing to reach a deal with administrators on pay. These committees should rally the widest support among workers and young people, including the students who are looking for a means to support their teachers, and fight for the broadening of the strike throughout the state and nationally. The WSWS Teacher Newsletter urges Denver educators to begin forming rank-and-file strike committees in every school and community, which are independent of both the unions and the corporate-controlled political parties. The district's preschool program will be shut down completely during the strike as there are no district staff to take care of them.

It's the latest action in a wave of teacher activism since last spring, when teachers walked off the job in West Virginia.

Denver teachers say they will strike Monday after failing to win an agreement on pay.

Both sides met Saturday in a final attempt to reach a new contract after over a year of negotiations. They are expected to sit down at the bargaining table again Tuesday.

Teachers picket outside East High School. The union said teacher pay varies from year to year, because the district's pay system uses unpredictable bonuses to compensate for low base pay. Most Denver Public Schools will remain open, and the district has readied hundreds of additional substitute teachers. But it can try to help the union and school district reach a deal and can require them participate in a fact-finding process.

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