Rise & Shine: Ten things to watch as Denver teachers go on strike

Welcome to another Monday.

For Colorado, today is a historic Monday of sorts as teachers from Denver, the state's largest school district, go on strike. It hasn't happened in the last 25 years. We have tons of news about what lead up to this day — including an explainer on one of the key areas of disagreement, and updates about the last attempt at negotiations.

We'll have reporters across the city, throughout the day, keeping you updated on the latest. Have a question, concern, or tip about what's going on? Email us by replying to this email, or directly at

Also in today's round up, we have the last of the four stories looking at each of the finalists for manager of the Adams 14 school district. The finalists participated in interviews with the community Saturday, and tonight, the group will present their final recommendation to the school board. The school board will vote tomorrow. Read up on each of the finalists before then, here.

— Yesenia Robles, reporter

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KEY BONUS Teacher retention data from the 30 high-priority schools where teachers receive a bonus under Denver’s ProComp system show mixed results. It’s part of the dispute between the district and the union. Chalkbeat

ON STRIKE The Denver teachers union walked out of Saturday’s last minute negotiations without reaching a deal, dismissing the district’s latest offer. Chalkbeat

Ten things to watch as the strike begins. Chalkbeat

Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susana Cordova sat down with us to talk about why she sees “equity” at the heart of her proposal to teachers, the work the district still has to do to close long-standing gaps, and what it’s like to ask someone who might lose their job soon to go fill-in at a school during the strike. Chalkbeat

Denver schools superintendent Susana Cordova and her top negotiators spent a few hours Sunday sitting alone at a bargaining table after union officials rebuffed their request to keep talking. Chalkbeat

Parents of students with special needs face tough choices about whether to send their children to school during a Denver teacher strike. Chalkbeat

The city announced on Friday expanded hours and services at the city’s rec centers and public libraries to help parents choosing not to send their kids to school. Chalkbeat

State child care regulators are prepared to offer emergency waivers to preschool operators who have room to take students displaced from Denver Public Schools’ programs for 3- and 4-year-olds, which are closed for the duration of a strike. Chalkbeat

Students at Denver Discovery School will not have access to their cellphones during the upcoming Denver teachers strike. Denver Post

One church honored Denver teachers on Sunday as they prepared to go on strike. 7 News

LEADERSHIP One of the proposals to manage the Adams 14 school district would focus on leadership with workshops for administrators and school leaders. Chalkbeat

RECALL A petition drive to recall three of the five Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 board members has amassed about half of the needed signatures to trigger a special election. Gazette