Denver  Teachers  Strike  Ends  After  3  Days

Denver Teachers Strike Ends After 3 Days

By Anne Rowe for DPS board, February 24, 2019

Revising the when equally lauded performance-based teacher payment model understood as ProComp was at the heart of the three-day instructors strike in Denver that ended in time for classes Thursday morning.

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association and Denver Public Schools revealed a tentative agreement early Thursday.

An modified variation of ProComp has a retroactive reliable date of Jan. 19 and runs through Aug. 31, 2022, upgrading a instructor salary schedule that begins at $45,800 a year. It likewise provides average raises of 11.7 percent next year and opens renegotiation of financial terms that might include $23.1 million to teacher settlement along with other benefits.

“This is a success for Denver kids and their parents and our teachers,”
the union’s lead arbitrator, Rob Gould, stated after the last bargaining session. “Educators in Denver Public Schools now have a reasonable, predictable, transparent salary schedule. We’re happy to get back to work.”

Last weekend, the 2 sides attempted unsuccessfully to negotiate an arrangement. The strike that ensued Monday was Denver’s first in 25 years.

Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susana Cordova had noted “real development” by Tuesday night.

The ProComp agreement, which ended Jan. 18, paid Denver’s instructors based on efficiency and incentives, rather than seniority and education level, in addition to their base pay.

The school system used perks to instructors based on aspects such as working in schools with a high poverty rate in positions challenging to fill, or working in high-performing schools that are growing rapidly, amongst others. The objective was to increase teacher pay and bring in top talent to difficult schools and subjects.

But as Denver’s school district has grown and the spending plan has actually stretched, the instructors union competed that perks siphoned off too much of their base pay. They wanted either to lower or totally ax some bonus offers, arguing that greater base pay would prevent instructor turnover, to the advantage of trainees.

Although the school district and the teachers union concurred to a beginning base pay of $45,800 a year, school officials stated they wouldn’t compromise on rewards for teachers who work in high-poverty locations or one of the district’s “high priority schools.”

“There was a acknowledgment that we share many areas of agreement, and we worked tough to listen and discover common ground on the couple of areas where we had various point of views,” Cordova said Thursday early morning.

Taxpayer financing of ProComp was expected to reach $33 million this year.

“If the district is proposing to reallocate resources to cover teacher wages, that’s certainly much better than asking local taxpayers to cover it,” stated Jonathan Butcher, senior policy expert at The Heritage Foundation. “Still, across-the-board increases do not benefit the hardest-working educators. Districts need to be looking for ways to cut administration and focus on classroom instruction.”

Thorny concerns included “professional advancement units” for instructors, or PDUs, which are district-based teacher education courses offered at no cost.

While talks continued, Denver’s 71,000 students were taught by school administrators and replacement instructors.