Updated at 3:30 p.m.
Denver teachers and district leaders are continuing negotiatons to try end a strike over pay with the help of a federal mediator.
"I wish we weren’t here. I miss my kids. I run two special ed programs at my school," said middle school psychologist Benjamin Marcial during a caucus break.
Tuesday's talks come a day after over half of the city's teachers walked off the job. The negotiations began with discussions over changing Denver's pay system to more closely resemble those in other districts which more easily allow teachers to advance in pay based on experience, education and training. Both sides alternated meeting publicly and then taking time to discuss proposals in private.