In a statement, the DCTA said it was disappointed that DPS planned to raise incentives in its latest offer. “Teachers were stunned when DPS proposed hiking incentives instead of putting that new money into base pay where it could make the entire district more competitive. We are incredibly disappointed that on the last day of bargaining and less than two days before a strike, they doubled down on one-time incentives teachers do not want, and the data shows do not work to keep teachers in their schools,” said Henry Roman, teacher and president of the DCTA in a the statement. Meanwhile, DPS said via Twitter that it was listening to teachers’ requests during the bargaining process. “We presented an updated proposal that responds to what we have heard from teachers, aligns to our values of equity and retention, honors the ProComp ballot language and significantly increases the base pay for teachers,” the DPS tweet read. At a press conference Saturday night, Cordova said she plans to have all schools open Monday. However, early childhood education programs will be closed.
Breaking – @DenverTeachers will definitely strike on Monday. They could not reach a deal with @DPSNewsNow. Yet to be seen – Will all schools be open? When will they negotiate again? pic.twitter.com/1mmTHv4TTK— Matt Mauro (@mattmauronews) February 10, 2019
DPS said it wants to continue negotiating Sunday. However, the DCTA has given no indication that it plans to participate until Tuesday. The strike is the first in the school district since 1994. DPS is the largest school district in Colorado. In 2016, it enrolled about 92,000 students. It employs roughly 5,600 teachers.
DCTA says teachers will strike Monday. All DPS schools are open and operating on regular schedules, with the exception of district-run ECE classes.— Denver Public Schools (@DPSNewsNow) February 10, 2019