[REGIONAL NEWS] The Denver teachers strike is over. They won.

JD Bruen, teacher of Johnson Elementary School, front, and the supporters gather for the march and rally during the second day of a strike for Denver Public School teachers at Civic Center Park in Denver. Feb. 12, 2019. /Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post

 

Denver teachers snagged $23 million in pay raises during a three-day strike

By Alexia Fernández Campbell | Vox

Denver’s teachers may soon be returning to school.

More than 2,000 educators, who have been on strike since Monday, said they reached a tentative deal Thursday with the local school district.

Details are not yet available, but the deal includes an average 11.7 percent pay raise and annual cost of living increases, according to the school district and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, a labor union representing more than 5,000 educators in Denver public schools. It will also include raises for school support staff. Bus drivers and cafeteria workers may also get a raise, but that’s not part of the official agreement with the teachers union.

It also addresses the teachers’ biggest concern: the need to overhaul the merit-pay system, which relies heavily on annual bonuses that fluctuate from year to year. The new system will place more emphasis on education and training when considering promotions, while keeping some bonuses in place.

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