More talks planned to avert Denver teachers strike on Monday

DENVER — Talks are continuing this weekend as Denver teachers and school administrators try to avert a strike on Monday.

Denver Public Schools and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association scheduled more negotiations on Saturday after meeting on Friday night.

School district officials said Friday’s talks were productive, but teachers union President Henry Roman said the two sides made little progress.

They disagree on pay increases and the size of bonuses for teachers working in high-poverty schools and other schools that the district considers a priority.

The teachers want lower bonuses to free up money for better overall salaries. The district says the bonuses are key to boosting the academic performance of poor and minority students.

Some teachers say overall funding for support services in those schools is more important.

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