Colorado

Day One: Thousands of striking Denver teachers demand higher pay

Thousands of Denver teachers took to picket lines Monday to tell the school district it needs to pay them more  — and change how they’re paid. But many others stayed in their classrooms, reflecting mixed views among Denver educators.

“It’s about pay but it’s also about respect,” said Ryan Marini, a social studies teacher and football coach at South High School. “We lose great teachers every year.”

The strike is expected to last at least one more day. Negotiations will resume at 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to Superintendent Susana Cordova.

Asked how long the strike could go on before it became a problem, Cordova said it already was.

“It’s a problem now,” she said. “It’s a problem today.” Read more