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LA teachers are back to school after strike, Denver teachers now vote to go on strike

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The main sticking point was increasing base pay, including lessening teachers' reliance on one-time bonuses for things such as having students with high test scores or working in a high-poverty school. Teachers also wanted to earn more for continuing their education.



While teachers have the right to strike in Colorado, the state can intervene. If the state steps in, the walkout could be delayed by up to 180 days, past the current school year.


LA teachers are back:



Teachers asked for a 6.5% raise.


They got 6% — 3% retroactive to the 2017-18 school and an additional 3% retroactive to July 2018.


But their concerns didn’t center on money. They wanted smaller class sizes.


The contract calls for schools to see a class size reduction of about four students in three years — though 90 high-needs schools will see classes drop by six students in that time.

The contract eliminates a clause that currently allows the district to exceed the agreed-upon maximum class sizes.


The district would have until the 2022-23 school year to reach the agreed-upon class size averages and maximums.


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