Den­ver teach­ers plan­ning to strike

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Den­ver teach­ers are plan­ning to strike Mon­day for the first time in 25 years af­ter failed ne­go­ti­a­tions with the school district over base pay.

The teach­ers union and Den­ver Pub­lic Schools met Satur­day in an at­tempt to reach a new con­tract af­ter more than a year of ne­go­ti­a­tions, but both sides left dis­ap­pointed.

The Den­ver Class­room Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion re­leased a state­ment say­ing the district’s pro­posal lacks trans­parency and “pushes for failed in­cen­tives for some over mean­ing­ful base salary for all.”

“We will strike Mon­day for our stu­dents and for our pro­fes­sion, and per­haps then DPS will get the mes­sage and re­turn to the bar­gain­ing ta­ble with a se­ri­ous pro­posal aimed at solv­ing the teacher turnover cri­sis in Den­ver,” said Henry Ro­man, pres­i­dent of the teach­ers union.

Mean­while, schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Su­sana Cor­dova said she was “ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed” that the union walked away from the ta­ble in­stead of con­tin­u­ing to work to­ward an agree­ment.

Teach­ers plan to picket around the city be­gin­ning Mon­day as the district tries to keep schools open by staffing them with ad­min­is­tra­tors and sub­sti­tutes. The district has can­celed classes for about 5,000 preschool­ers.

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