Denver Teachers Strike Comes to an End

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Denver’s first teachers strike in 25 years will come to an end after a record-setting, all-night bargaining session produced a new compensation. Denver educators described empowerment, fatigue, relief, and in some cases residual frustration.

Denver teacher strike comes to an end.

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Denver teachers carry placards as they wait to march after a rally in support of a strike outside the state Capitol last month. Denver school teachers are going on strike over how their base pay is calculated. One teacher’s sign claimed:

  • Plumber pay = $45/hour
  • Landscaper pay = $40/hour
  • Teacher pay = $24/hour
  • Child’s Education = priceless

2,700 teachers participated. The 3-day strike was affecting about 71,000 students across 147 schools. Yet, even students are marching. One student’s sign read:

“My teachers don’t get paid enough to put up with my [poop emoji].”

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