Denver teachers, district reach agreement that keeps some raises amid budget cuts

The Denver teachers union and district officials reached an agreement late Thursday that preserves some pay raises won in last year’s historic strike even as the district faces significant budget challenges.

Over the course of 13 hours of virtual negotiations, the district agreed to keep raises that teachers earn based on longevity as well as offer a 0.5% cost-of-living increase, with that amount to be doubled if voters approve a tax increase in November. The district will also use federal relief money set aside for COVID response to cover certain training and planning days for teachers.

While union negotiators offered for teachers to take a furlough day early in the bargaining session, the final agreement doesn’t include any unpaid days off for teachers.

Denver Superintendent Susana Cordova earlier this week asked the union to renegotiate the contract signed in February 2019 after a three-day strike. That contract secured substantial wage increases for teachers and special service providers like nurses and school psychologists.

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