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Denver teachers strike after reaching the deal



"This agreement is a win, simple and simple: for our students, for our educators and for our communities," said Denver Classroom Teachers Association President Henry Roman in a statement Thursday morning.

"No longer will our students see their education disrupted because their teachers can not afford to stay in their classrooms."

The teachers said they wanted higher, stable salaries, because the school district uses unpredictable bonuses to compensate for low base pay.

Union representatives said a "breakthrough" came Tuesday night when the two sides were able to find some "common ground" and eventually reached a tentative agreement that would need to be ratified by union membership.

Under the agreement, teachers would see a seven to eleven percent increase in their basic salary and a "transparent 20-step salary schedule," the DCTA said. It would also end the "exorbitant five-figure bonuses" for senior administrators.

More than 2,600 teachers spent several days standing in the cold to protest for higher salaries in a bid to stop more educators from leaving the city

About 1

,400 central office staff members and 400 substitute teachers had to fill in for more than 2,600 striking teachers. Each day the district cost more than $ 400,000, and a spokeswoman said.

Denver's teacher strikes were just the latest in a wave of teacher strikes that spread across the country last year that has continued to gain strength.
In some of those strikes, teachers got what they wanted. Other times, they did not. And in some states where teachers have scored victories, unions say lawmakers are now retaliating with new bills.

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