Monday, February 11, 2019

Denver teachers set to strike over better pay and working conditions | US news | The Guardian #DCTAstrong #RedforEd #edcolo #coleg #copolitics #FairPayForTeachers

Denver teachers set to strike over better pay and working conditions | US news | The Guardian

Denver teachers set to strike over better pay and working conditions
Colorado city educators would be the latest in a broad wave of strikes and protests across the country battling for funding


School teachers in Denver, Colorado, are set to strike on Monday in the latest of a wave of actions that has swept the sector in the past year as educators battle for better pay and working conditions.
In Denver, teacher salaries have been steadily decreasing, leading to high turnover in the district. Teachers are forced to financially rely on bonuses and incentives beyond their control as part of a system called ProComp, first enacted in 2005.
“The bonuses and the amounts change every year. This has led to a problem where teacher salaries are different every year, and teachers, including myself, have been getting paid less every year,” said Michelle Garrison, a teacher at Farrell B Howell Early Childhood Education-8th grade school “You don’t ever get a paycheck that’s the same. It makes it hard for budgeting.”
Tanessa Wilson, a teacher at John H Amesse Elementary in Denver cited an example that teachers at her school missed out on a $1,500 bonus this year because students who receive free and reduced lunches decreased by 0.2%.
“These incentives are based on factors that are out of our control and we don’t think that is fair,” said Wilson.
Some 93% of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association membership voted to authorize a strike last month in the midst of new contract negotiations.
“The current model isn’t working for teachers, it isn’t working for students,” CONTINUE READING: Denver teachers set to strike over better pay and working conditions | US news | The Guardian




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