Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Denver Teachers on Strike Reach Deal with School District

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Denver Teachers on Strike Reach Deal with School District

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Denver teachers strike ends

Striking teachers in Denver reached an agreement Thursday with the school system that increases salaries, ending the latest in a series of protests by educators that have swept the nation.

Thousands of Denver teachers walked off the job Monday after reaching an impasse with Denver Public Schools officials over pay, the first strike there in 25 years. Schools remained open but understaffed.

Denver was the first large district in the country to adopt a performance pay structure that ties teacher compensation to school performance and teacher evaluations. The Denver Classroom Teachers Association, the union representing 5,700 teachers and professionals, said that system was confusing and led to high turnover in the district.

In the end, the school district agreed to give teachers an average salary increase of nearly 12 percent next year.

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