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.
The rejection of the school district’s latest offer comes after 14 months of contentious negotiations to overhaul the district’s pay and teacher incentive system.
The hearing was held in the capitol’s largest committee room and even then the crowd filled four overflow rooms.
The earliest teachers could legally walk off the job is Monday. It would be the first teacher walkout in 25 years.
After 10 hours of negotiations Friday, talks between the teachers union and the city’s school district collapsed over pay and compensation.
More minority students are graduating within four years than ever before, but the rate is still 10 points lower than that of white students.
The new governor's campaign promise for free, full-day kindergarten took center stage. Polis requested $227 million out of a $33.7 billion budget.
William Kohut will retire from the renowned public performing arts school after two district investigations into allegations of abuse. Kohut has led the school since 2009.
The promise of affordable early childhood education was one of Colorado's new governor's biggest campaign pledges.
Denver Public Schools teachers and district leaders have been at the negotiation table for more than a year.