When Denver educators voted to strike, math teacher Kathleen Braun was on picket line. That was in 1969. And again in 1994. And, yes, last week.
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Voting on the tentative contract starts Tuesday evening at Riverside Baptist Church and will continue through Sunday, Feb. 24. Results will be announced the next day.
A marathon bargaining session that lasted nearly 24 hours brought the three-day teacher strike to an end Thursday morning.
The all-nighter, which eclipsed the record set in 1994 for the longest bargaining session, hammered out the details between teachers and the district.
In the last two years, Denver union officials say, membership has swelled to 3,800. That means 72 percent of eligible teachers, nurses, counselors and others now belong to the union.
The talks on teacher pay began at 10 a.m. and are scheduled to last until 8 p.m.
That all but one Skinner teacher joined the strike stands out considering the school district said about 56 percent of Denver teachers did not show up Monday.
The lawsuit alleges that children with severe disabilities might hurt themselves without trained teachers and caregivers present. The school district says the suit is based on "speculation."
Denver Public Schools and the teachers union will restart negotiations at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Thousands of teachers did not report to schools Monday, instead protesting along picket lines and rallying at the state Capitol.
The strike will affect 71,000 students across 147 schools, and 5,353 teachers and specialized service providers.
DPS has said more than half of teachers surveyed in high priority schools said an incentive influenced their decision to stay.
Gov. Jared Polis is still encouraging teachers and Denver Public Schools to restart negotiations to avoid the strike.
When negotiations resumed last week, the wedge between the teacher's union and the district grew even larger.
Studies show children who attend full-day kindergarten go on to perform better, and that the program evens the playing ground for students who would otherwise be at a disadvantage.