Teachers now see their “collective power” as something they can use to shape the path Denver Public Schools takes in the years to come.
More than 97 percent of union members approved the deal. The agreement will take effect after a Denver Public Schools board vote.
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.
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."