Feb 9, 2019

Denver teachers are on the brink of their first strike in 25 years

Denver teachers strike.

Denver Public School district teachers rally in downtown Denver. Photo: Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

After 15 months of unresolved talks, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association and Denver Public Schools, Colorado's largest school district, will meet at the negotiating table on Saturday in a last-ditch effort to avoid a Monday teachers' strike, the Denver Post reports.

The big picture: The two sides are currently $8 million apart in a dispute over teacher compensation as teachers argue that the district's policy of offering bonuses to lure educators to underperforming schools harms their salaries generally. The strike would be the first in Denver in 25 years and comes amid a national wave of educator activism over the past year that most recently grabbed headlines with a strike in Los Angeles.

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