BREAKING: Denver teachers on strike; Pay hike demanded

Fifteen months seem too little a time for the teachers’ union and Denver Public School District to reach an agreement over salary issues and as an aftermath negotiations have broke off paving path for about 5,600 teachers to go on strike.

Monday saw walking off of public school teachers forming picket lines to demand higher pay. This is the first time in 25 years about fifty percent of the teachers called in absent.

In one of the schools the students were seen chanting and supporting teachers in the hallways. Others in hundreds joined march of teachers that held up traffic in downtown.

Negotiation session with the union will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

About 71,000 students are being affected. Denver Public School District superintendent Susana Cordowa said, “Certainly at our high schools, we have students that are very engaged, very active in expressing their opinions.”

She added a lot of students have walked out at East High School in support of the teachers and they will be marked absent unless parents come forward with permission for them to leave campuses.

Negotiation session with the union will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Cordova added they are keeping good hope the teachers return back to classrooms to the earliest.

According to school district officials about 2,100 teachers are called in absent, but the number seems disputed as union claims higher.

Meanwhile, hundreds of substitute teachers have been hired.

About a month before 30,000 Los Angeles teachers were on strike over issues like funding and staffing. It resulted with pay hike by about 6 percent and reduce class sizes.

Paul Linus