Feb 14, 2019

Denver teachers end 3-day strike after district approves salary hikes

Denver teachers and supporters rally at the Colorado State Capitol on Monday. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Denver teachers ended a 3-day walkout after their union and the city’s public school system reached a tentative agreement on Thursday to add $23 million in new money to fund a 7%-11% increase in base salaries next year and a 20-step salary hike schedule.

Why it matters: This is yet another significant victory for teachers amid a growing national movement by educators across the country over the past year, which has highlighted inadequate teacher pay, school underfunding and lack of resources. Just last month, Los Angeles teachers representing the country's second largest school district halted a 6-day strike after reaching a tentative deal that included a 6% raise, promises of smaller class sizes and additional nurses and counselors.

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NASA passes the torch

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With the historic crewed SpaceX launch last weekend, NASA passed the torch to private companies that will need to step up to build the economy the space agency envisions in orbit.

Why it matters: This new era of spaceflight will likely be marked by new conflicts — possibly including product placement (like the Tesla that drove the astronauts to the pad on Saturday), safety concerns and cultural differences between companies, the space agencies and people they serve.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 6,309,107 — Total deaths: 376,885 — Total recoveries — 2,725,627Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12:30 p.m. ET: 1,812,742 — Total deaths: 105,475 — Total recoveries: 458,231 — Total tested: 17,340,682Map.
  3. Public health: Protests against police brutality threaten coronavirus response — Controlling the coronavirus in nursing homes won't be easy.
  4. Business: More than 1 in 6 black workers lost jobs between February and April.
  5. Climate: The alarm over climate financial risk gets louder because of coronavirus.
  6. Media: Interest in the George Floyd protests has soared past the coronavirus.

Julián Castro endorses Joe Biden for president

Julián Castro introduces Sen. Elizabeth Warren at an event in February. Photo: Ronda Churchill/AFP via Getty Images

Julián Castro, who ended his presidential campaign in early January, endorsed Joe Biden today with a call for "real reform to address our broken policing system."

Why it matters: Castro’s endorsement comes as protests against police use of excessive force, especially in communities of color, have wracked the country for the past week, triggered by the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. Throughout the primary, Castro made police reform a central part of his campaign.