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Benjamin Marcial
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Denver teachers ended a three-day walkout Thursday and returned to their classrooms after their union reached a tentative deal raising their pay as much as 11 percent.

The deal was worked out in talks that lasted through the night and signed shortly before classes started, giving the teachers short notice and little time to get to their schools. They were encouraged to return to their classrooms if they felt ready, even though the deal awaits ratification by the full union membership.

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Stephanie Daniel / KUNC

Updated at 2:20 p.m.

Denver school administrators and teachers are making progress as they try to end a three-day strike but still must address a major hurdle regarding educators' pay.

The bargaining team representing teachers agreed Wednesday afternoon with much of the school district's proposal regarding how teachers can increase their pay based on experience, education and training over time.

There is still no agreement yet on a top district priority: Bonuses for teachers in high-poverty schools and other schools the district prioritizes.

Stephanie Daniel / KUNC

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.

Rally
Stephanie Daniel / KUNC

Updated at 3:30 p.m.

Denver teachers rallied at the state Capitol at 2 p.m. after going on strike over failed pay negotiations.

The Denver Public Schools district has proposed raising starting teacher pay from $43,255 to $45,500 a year. That's $300 a year less than the union's proposal, which would add $50 million a year to teacher base pay, according to union officials.

Updated Feb. 10, 2018 at 1:27 p.m.

Denver teachers are planning to strike Monday for the first time in 25 years after failed negotiations with the school district over base pay.

The teachers union and Denver Public Schools met Saturday in an attempt to reach a new contract after more than a year of negotiations, but both sides left disappointed.

Gov. Polis
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Updated 7:42 a.m., Feb. 8, 2019:

Denver school leaders and teachers will try to reach a last-minute deal to avert a planned strike on Monday.

Both sides are scheduled to meet Friday evening to discuss how much teachers should be paid, both in base pay and in incentives.

KUNC

Update 4:10 p.m.:

Denver school officials asked the state on Wednesday to intervene in its pay dispute with teachers, a move that will delay a strike that had been scheduled to start Monday.

Denver Public Schools asked for help from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment after teachers overwhelmingly voted to strike. The department will ask the teachers' union to respond to the district's request. Until they do and the department decides whether to get involved, the union cannot strike.

KUNC

Denver teachers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to go on strike after more than a year of negotiations over base pay.

Rob Gould, lead negotiator for the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, said 93 percent of unionized teachers voted in favor of a strike. The union represents 5,635 educators in the Denver Public School system, which could see a strike as soon as Monday.

"They're striking for better pay, they're striking for our profession and they're striking for Denver students," Gould said.