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Melanie Asmar covers Denver Public Schools. Asmar previously worked as a reporter for Westword newspaper in Denver and for a daily newspaper in her native New Hampshire. She joined Chalkbeat Colorado in 2015.
Updated 10 hours ago
New Denver teacher contract: We answer the most common questions about the tentative pact
One reason many Denver educators didn’t like the district’s old ProComp pay system was that it was too complicated and unpredictable. Both…
in the weeds
1 day ago
What exactly is in Denver’s new teacher pay deal? Here’s the nitty-gritty
The new agreement allows teachers to get raises in several different ways.
2 days ago
Rise & Shine: Empowered, tired, and better off, teachers reflect on Denver strike
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox. IT’S A DEAL The agreement, the…
it's a deal
Strike over: Denver school district, teachers union sign tentative pact raising teacher pay
Teachers will see significant raises and a more traditional pay system, while the district keeps incentives for educators at high-poverty schools.
What's it worth?
February 13, 2019
Bonuses for teachers at high-poverty schools are on the table. Here’s what Denver teachers have to say.
Bonuses for teachers at high-poverty schools have represented one of the key disagreements between the Denver teachers union and the school district.
Updated February 13, 2019
Denver teachers to strike for a third day, but superintendent sees ‘pathway’ to a deal
The union and district issued unusual joint statement to parents and other community members late Tuesday — indicating the two sides may be closing in on a deal.
‘I deserve more’: Denver teachers strike over pay for first time in 25 years
This is the first teacher strike in Denver in 25 years.
Back at it
February 9, 2019
As a strike nears, differing perceptions about progress toward a deal on teacher pay
The district and the teachers union agreed to continue negotiating Saturday at 1 p.m.
The right stuff
February 8, 2019
The Denver district believes incentives keep good teachers at hard schools. The data is mixed.
“I would be incredibly skeptical of anyone who said that a teacher would work at a high-poverty or high-priority school for the money,” one teacher said.
By the numbers
February 7, 2019
1,400 central office employees will be deployed to Denver schools in a strike
Here’s a breakdown, by the numbers, of who might be striking, who will be working, how many kids will be affected, and what it will cost.
February 7, 2019
Rise & Shine: Why Aurora is seeking to close one of its newest charter schools
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox. CLEARED TO STRIKE Teachers in Colorado’s…
February 6, 2019
How far apart are the Denver district and union on teacher pay? Here’s a breakdown
Denver teachers want more money for teacher pay, and a more predictable salary structure.
staying out of it
Updated February 6, 2019
Denver teachers set to strike over pay dispute after Gov. Polis declines to step in
The Denver Classroom Teachers Associated tweeted: "February 11th, We strike for our students."
February 6, 2019
Rise & Shine: How a once-promising pay system led Denver teachers to the brink of a strike
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox. CHECKS AND BALANCES How did a…
checks and balances
February 5, 2019
How a once-promising merit pay system led Denver teachers to the brink of a strike
“What we got given is a system of Wall Street-style bonuses that mask the erosion of our salaries,” one teacher said.
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