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

Denver teachers and supporters rally at the Colorado State Capitol on Monday.
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.

Go deeper: Why the teachers pay wars have only just begun