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February 9, 2019
As a strike nears, differing perceptions about progress toward a deal on teacher pay
The district and the teachers union agreed to continue negotiating Saturday at 1 p.m.
The right stuff
February 8, 2019
The Denver district believes incentives keep good teachers at hard schools. The data is mixed.
“I would be incredibly skeptical of anyone who said that a teacher would work at a high-poverty or high-priority school for the money,” one teacher said.
January 31, 2019
Denver teachers union rejects latest district offer as a ‘waste of time’
Union lead negotiator: “They didn’t bring a proposal tonight. They brought a small IOU.”
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.
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