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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Supreme Court rejects request to extend Wisconsin absentee ballot deadline

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The Supreme Court rejected in a 5-3 decision Monday Wisconsin Democrats' request to reinstate an extension of the deadline for counting absentee ballots to six days after Election Day, as long as they're postmarked by Nov. 3.

Why it matters: All ballots must now be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day in Wisconsin, a critical swing state in the presidential election.

Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett before a meeting on Capitol Hill on Oct. 21. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/pool/AFP via Getty Images

The Senate voted 52-48 on Monday to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. She is expected to be sworn in within hours.

Why it matters: President Trump and Senate Republicans have succeeded in confirming a third conservative justice in just four years, tilting the balance of the Supreme Court firmly to the right for perhaps a generation.