Feb 9, 2019

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

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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Netanyahu says July 1 deadline for West Bank annexation won't change

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday at a Likud Party faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, that his July 1 deadline for starting the process of annexation in the West Bank will not change, according to people in attendance.

Why it matters: The White House and the State Department have stressed over the last few weeks that the deadline set by Netanyahu is "not sacred" to the Trump administration — and that any discussion of annexation needs to be in the context of renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina if capacity reduced

President Trump on stage during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Ohio. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

President Trump threatened in a series of Monday tweets to move this summer's Republican National Convention from Charlotte if North Carolina's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, doesn't allow the event to be held at full capacity.

The state of play: Mandy Cohen, the state's health and human services secretary, said last week that the GOP should "plan for the worst" as mass gatherings will be a "very big challenge" if the number of coronavirus cases in the state continues to increase, per NPR.

The wreckage of summer

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We usually think of Memorial Day as the start of the summer, with all of the fun and relaxation that goes with it — but this one is just going to remind us of all of the plans that have been ruined by the coronavirus.

Why it matters: If you thought it was stressful to be locked down during the spring, just wait until everyone realizes that all the traditional summer activities we've been looking forward to are largely off-limits this year.