News in Brief: A National Roundup
Denver Teachers Vote to Approve New Contract
Denver teachers have overwhelmingly approved a new contract that gives them back a rung on the salary ladder that they lost in a budget crunch two years ago.
In a May 1 vote, almost three-quarters of the nearly 2,400 teachers casting ballots endorsed the hard-fought pact, which the school board ratified four days later.
The three-year contract is expected to ensure labor peace as the 70,000-student district prepares to ask the city’s voters in November to back a property-tax increase that would finance a new, nationally watched pay plan for teachers.
The agreement provides for raises of half a percent to 9.9 percent next year, depending on teachers’ levels of education and experience. It also gives teachers a greater voice in professional development and school improvement, while sparing them up to 30 minutes a week of meetings called by administrators.
All told, the district will spend 6.5 percent more on teachers’ compensation, including retirement costs, under the new contract.
Vol. 24, Issue 36, Page 4Published in Print: May 11, 2005, as Denver Teachers Vote to Approve New Contract