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January 11, 2019
We asked 3 Denver teachers why they’re ready to strike. Here’s what they said.
“Nobody wants to go on strike. ... But it feels like it’s the only option at this point.”
January 10, 2019
Denver teachers threaten a strike at month’s end; district plans to keep schools open
“We know the possibility of a strike is unsettling for families,” Superintendent Susana Cordova wrote.
back and forth
May 30, 2018
Against a backdrop of protests, teacher contract negotiations in Denver get heated
Teachers argue that base salaries are too low and the bonuses make their paychecks unpredictable.
March 15, 2018
Strike vote by Denver teachers no longer imminent due to contract extension
District officials agreed to the union’s request to extend the current agreement until January 2019.
On the brink
March 14, 2018
Denver teachers union leaders vote to call for a strike vote if pay negotiations fail
“Teachers don’t think the district is taking them seriously."
November 29, 2017
Now up for negotiation: ProComp, Denver’s teacher pay-for-performance system
Teachers have said the system is confusing and complicated.
aint over til its over
June 25, 2015
More than a day after ‘framework’ agreement, questions remain on education issues
Details of the changes coming to the charter-school law, mayoral control, and teacher evaluations remain unresolved.
April 23, 2015
Denver district and union extend ProComp agreement
After several months of negotiations, DCTA and DPS have agreed about what incentives teachers will receive through ProComp for the current school year.
Hold Up Again
April 10, 2015
Denver teacher incentive negotiations stalled for another week
Negotiations between Denver Public Schools and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association about adjustments to ProComp, the district's 10-year-old taxpayer-funded teacher incentive pay system, stalled again today.
March 27, 2015
Performance-pay negotiations in Denver catch on changes for high-needs schools
DCTA representatives said they need time to think about a proposal that would shift bonuses from teachers at top-performing schools to those at high-needs schools.
April 23, 2014
Mulgrew mum on negotiations, but offers plenty of praise for city leaders
Teachers union President Michael Mulgrew won’t talk about ongoing contract negotiations, but he’s more than happy to praise the city officials on the other side of the table.
December 27, 2012
UFT bargaining in "bad faith" over teacher evals, city charges
The United Federation of Teachers has not been bargaining over teacher evaluations in good faith, the city Department of Education charged in a labor complaint today. The complaint comes a week after UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced he would halt negotiations until the department presented an implementation plan that satisfied the union. It also comes nearly a year to the day after the city called off a different round of teacher evaluation talks. Filed with the Public Employees Review Board, the complaint accuses union officials of refusing to reach an evaluations deal unless the department promised to limit school closures, reduce paperwork for teachers, and award "economic credit" toward a future contract. Under state law, those issues do not have to be discussed in order to devise a new evaluation system, which the city and union are under pressure to agree upon by Jan. 17. That's the deadline that Gov. Andrew Cuomo set early a year ago for districts to adopt new evaluations or forgo increases in state school aid.
September 6, 2012
City, union stress "optimism" over future of teacher evaluations
Deputy Chancellor David Weiner talks to two first grade students at Young Scholars Academy in Brooklyn. With another school year underway without a deal on new teacher evaluations, officials in charge of hammering out the evaluation system seemed only to agree on one thing: be optimistic. That was the mantra for Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Mayor Michael Bloomberg as they toured the halls of the New Settlement Campus in the South Bronx this morning. "I'm always optimistic," Bloomberg told reporters in the spotless new library. "If we don't get a deal by January we will forfeit a lot of state funds." Teachers Union President Michael Mulgrew told a similar story when he spoke this morning in Brooklyn. "We are definitely having conversations, pretty good conversations," he said, "and we're hoping to get it done." The city and union have been negotiating over evaluations for more than a year with the as-yet-unfulfilled hope of securing federal funds that are not available to districts without evaluations. Now they are under the gun from the state, too. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will withhold state aid increases from districts that do not adopt new evaluations by January 2013.
March 30, 2012
From Buffalo, a warning for local consensus on absent students
The city and teachers union aren't anywhere close to settling on new teacher evaluations. But if and when they do strike a deal, they might have to revisit a point of agreement. Leo Casey, a teachers union official, told me recently that before negotiations broke down in December, the city and UFT had agreed that only students with a minimum attendance rate should be counted in teachers' scores. Exactly what that rate would be was still up for discussion, Casey said, but everyone agreed on the basic principle that if students aren't in class to learn, it's not fair to hold teachers responsible for their learning. It's an outlook that teachers at schools under threat of closure have shared over and over. At Washington Irving High School, teachers protesting the city's ultimately successful closure proposal argued that the school would have much stronger performance data if the city excluded the school's many "long-term absences" from its progress report calculations. It's also a point that united Buffalo and its teachers union as they negotiated a new teacher evaluation system earlier this year for schools eligible for School Improvement Grants. In February, they settled on a system that would exclude chronically absent students from the student growth portion of evaluations. But the State Education Department rejected that portion of their compromise. In the rejection letter, Education Commissioner John King explained that Buffalo's evaluation system would have applied the attendance provision to the 20 percent of evaluations that the state controls, and that's not allowed. But another problem, he wrote, was that the provision could be abused.
February 16, 2012
With state's evals deal said to be set, all eyes turn to city's talks
All eyes are on Albany today, the deadline Gov. Andrew Cuomo set last month for an agreement on new teacher evaluations. The deadline is for the state teachers union, NYSUT, to set aside its lawsuit over the evaluations and reach an agreement with the State Education Department over how new evaluations should be structured. The word on the street — and in the Capitol parking lot, which Cuomo exited early Wednesday — is that SED and NYSUT appear nearly assured of meeting that deadline. But the specifics of an agreement remain opaque. Last spring, NYSUT had sued over Cuomo's bid to increase the weight test scores play in the evaluations. Now, attention among the governor's staff has turned to the city's own evaluations impasse. Just a month ago, Cuomo gave the city a year to resolve its conflicts, which have focused on the appeals process for teachers who receive low ratings. But he seems eager to be able to announce a statewide sweep of teacher evaluation deals. Whether a sweep is in Cuomo's grasp remains unclear.
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