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Denver instructors preparation first strike in 25 years

By Anne Rowe for DPS board, February 9, 2019

Barring a last-minute arrangement, Denver’s public school instructors on Monday strategy to walk off the job for the first in a quarter of a century. The agreement disagreement follows a six-day strike by instructors last month in Los Angeles and a series of labor actions in 2018 by teachers in half a lots states. 

The Denver Class Teachers Association, the union that represents most of the district’s 5,600 instructors — is demanding a walking in pay. 

“No teacher desires to strike — we would rather be mentor trainees in our classrooms,” Denver instructor and DCTA P citizen Henry Roman stated in a statement. “The district’s revolving door of instructor turnover should stop. DPS needs to improve teacher pay to keep quality, skilled teachers in Denver classrooms.”

Denver Public School leaders have said they’ll keep all 161 schools in the district open throughout any strike, other than early childhood education classes, which would be canceled. The district has 90,000 trainees.

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Denver schools Superintendent Susana Cordova struck an optimistic note, saying district officials would continue to negotiate with the DCTA. 

“We are close to reaching common ground. With continued tough work, sincere dialogue and an genuine exchange of propositions, I believe we can reach an arrangement and avoid a strike,” she stated in a statement late Wednesday.

Cordova likewise revealed compassion for teachers. “When you appearance at the manner in our state when we fund our schools, we have less loan today than we did pre-recession, and clearly cost-of-living has way surpassed that, so it was really challenging,” stated Cordova, according to the Denver Post.

School leaders quote a instructor walkout would expense the district more than $400,000 a day.

Denver and other school district across Colorado saw large instructor walkouts last April, with teachers rallying at the state Capitol for increased public financing.

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Over the last year, instructors have actually been at the forefront of employee activism, animated by disappointment over stagnant pay and dwindling education financing. That has resulted in bulging class sizes and forced many teachers to work second jobs.  

The labor discontent is also playing out this week in Oakland, California, where teachers who’ve been working without a agreement since July 2017 voted to strike as quickly as this month if an contract can not be reached. In Virginia, thousands of instructors marched last month at the state Capitol to need pay hike and increased school financing. 

In Chicago, a more unusual strike is occurring, with unionized teachers at 4 privately run but openly moneyed charter schools strolling out of the class this week, demanding greater pay and smaller sized class sizes.