Thousands of Denver public school teachers go on strike in fight for higher pay

first_imgmartinedoucet/iStock(DENVER) — Thousands of public school teachers in Denver walked off their jobs on Monday and formed picket lines for the first time in 25 years to demand higher wages and stem the tide of educators they say are going to neighboring school district to boost their pay.Members of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association wearing “Red for Ed” T-shirts under or over bulky jackets kicked off their strike at 7 a.m. local time, forming picket lines around schools in the bone-chilling 21-degree weather and chanting, “If they won’t pay us, shut it down.”“I’m anxious, scared, but I’m also angry and I think a lot of us are angry. We have had enough,” Laurel Davis, a second-grade teacher at Bill Roberts Elementary School, told ABC affiliate station KMGH-TV.The teachers’ union broke off negotiations on Saturday after spending 15 months trying to come to an agreement with the Denver Public School District to significantly increase teachers’ salaries to compete with surrounding school districts.There are about 5,600 teachers who work at the district’s 160 schools. It was unclear how many signed in at picket lines.School district officials claimed that only about 2,100 teachers called in absent on Monday, a number that was disputed by the union.The Denver School District has hired hundreds of substitute teacher to keep classrooms open for 92,000 students in the district.The union is proposing a $28.5 million in teacher compensation while the school district’s latest offer came to $23.3 million. Union representatives say the district’s offer ties raises to bonuses and credits for teachers who further their education or work in high-poverty schools.“We feel like it’s been a game they’ve been playing with us for months,” said Davis.For veteran high school math teacher Kathleen Braun, it will be her third strike in the Denver School district in 50 years. Braun joined teachers on picket lines in 1969 and again in 1994.“What we’re really talking about is can a teacher work full-time and do what is necessary for our students?” Braun told KMGH.Union representatives claim many teachers have to work extra jobs just to make ends meet, or leave the district for higher paying jobs in neighboring school districts.“We think it’s important that DPS sees and knows and understands what it’s like not to have teachers in the classroom every day because they need us,” Rob Gould, lead negotiator for the teachers’ union, said at a news conference Monday morning.Henry Ramon, president of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, said he hopes the walkout will be brief. The union plans to return to the negotiating table on Tuesday.“We really need a cooling off period for both sides to come to the table with proposals that really benefit everybody,” Ramon said Monday. “Bonuses have really proven ineffective and our students are paying the price of this experiment.”The average starting pay for teachers in Denver is $43,255. The union is asking that starting pay be boosted to $45,800.Union representatives say starting pay at the neighboring Westminster Public School District is about $50,000.“We’re looking for a fair and reliable pay system that actually retains teachers in Denver,” Gould said. “We’ve had a 20 percent turnover rate year after year. The district, they’ve been doubling down on these bonuses that are unreliable and they haven’t supported student needs.”Susana Cordova, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, said the district’s latest offer includes $2.5 million to boost overall teacher pay by cutting about 150 administrative jobs.Cordova said that under the district’s offer, all teachers would get an 11 percent raise next year.“Rather than sticking with it and figuring it out, I’m incredibly disappointed that they walked away,” Cordova said of the teacher’s union, according to KMGH-TV.Second-grade teacher Jaimie Jackson said she’ll stay on the picket line as long as it takes. She said she’s not just doing it for herself and other teachers, but also for her young daughter and other children in the school district.“I feel like I’m showing her what it means to stand up for what you believe in,” Jackson told KMGH. “And I’m showing her what it means to do what you need to do to elevate your profession.”The Denver teachers’ strike comes less than a month after 30,000 Los Angeles teachers went on strike for six days over funding and staffing at schools. The teachers approved a contract that hiked their pay by about 6 percent and achieved a commitment from the Los Angeles Unified School District to reduce class sizes over four years.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Win In Soccer Over Lady Pirates

first_imgThe Lady Pirates soccer team hosted EIAC rival Batesville and fell 5-1.The Lady Bulldogs found the back of the net with 13 minutes left in the first half scoring off a direct kick. The halftime score was 1-0 in favor of the Lady Bulldogs who outshot the Lady Pirates 15-1 for the half. Batesville scored the clinching goal with 29 minutes to play. The Lady Pirates found the back of the net with 17 minutes to play off an Emma Overmyer corner kick that bounced off a Batesville defender. That goal was Overmyer’s first varsity score. The Lady Bulldogs regrouped and connected quickly scoring at the 12, 11 and 5 minute marks for the 5-1 final.The defensive line and midfield for the Lady Pirates did an outstanding job pressuring the Lady Bulldogs all night as the visitors controlled the tempo and possession for the majority of the match. McKella Lynette had a solid night in goal making 23 saves on 28 shots on goal. The Lady Bulldogs tallied 34 shots total to Greensburg’s 4 shots on goal.The loss drops the Lady Pirates to 2-2 on the season and 0-2 in EIAC play.The JV Lady Pirates also fell to the Lady Bulldogs 4-0.Emily Lowe made 14 saves and the Lady Pirates were not able to record a shot.The Lady Pirates will be back in action at noon on Saturday versus Oldenburg Academy. This game will follow the boys match at 10 AM.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.last_img read more

Tipp get Minor hurling campaign under way on Wednesday

first_imgThe side will be captained by Quirke of the Moyle Rovers club.Tipp Manager Liam Cahill says they learned from last years opening defeat to Limerick that a win is vital to get their season on track and allow them to build their squad.Tomorrow nights game throw’s in at 7 o’clock in Semple Stadium. The Tipperary team to play Waterford in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship quarter final tomorrow night includes a number of players who played in last years competition.It features four of the side that played against Limerick in the opening tie last year.Stephen Quirke, Darragh Peters, Jack Skehan and Alan Tynan all bring experience to the side.last_img

Sri Lanka skipper Chandimal pleads not guilty to ball-tampering charges

first_imgSri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been charged with ball-tampering by the International Cricket Council (ICC).The batsman has been charged for breaching Level 2.2.9 of the Code of Conduct by ICC.However, Chandimal has pleaded not guilty to the charges of ball-tampering. Teh hearing will now take place after the end of fourth day’s play.The latest ball-tampering fiasco had surfaced on the third day of the ongoing second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Gros Islet on Saturday.The breach relates to changing the condition of the ball. The same charge was levelled against Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft who was caught on camera rubbing a piece of sandpaper on the ball against South Africa in March.Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has pleaded not guilty to attempting to change the condition of the ball during the St.Lucia Test. Hearing to follow after completion of the match. #WIvSLFULL DETAILS https://t.co/2j6AKOPDAq pic.twitter.com/FV1TyMfCIpICC (@ICC) June 17, 2018This was the second such instance within three months, after the Australians were found guilty of ball-tampering in South Africa in March during the third Test between the two nations.WEST INDIES VS SRI LANKA SCORECARDSteve Smith, along with David Warner, was handed a one-year ban from both domestic and international cricket by Cricket Australia while batsman Bancroft was handed a nine-month suspension for their involvement in the incident.Sri Lanka were charged with altering the condition of the ball by umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, who reviewed video of the West Indies first innings on Friday.advertisementThey penalized the team before play on Saturday with a change of ball and awarded five runs to the West Indies.Sri Lanka players walk off to protest ball-tampering allegations”The ICC can confirm the match officials in the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka changed the ball and awarded 5 penalty runs to West Indies,” the ICC said in a statement.Sri Lanka protested by refusing to leave their dressing room for nearly an hour and a half. Then the team went out to the middle and walked back to the boundary, where arguing with officials didn’t relent for another 40 minutes.Sri Lanka Cricket has strongly denied involvement of any of its players in ball-tampering.Sri Lanka Cricket advised the team to play “under protest,” that team management said no players “engaged in any wrongdoing,” and it would take all steps to defend any player charged with “any unwarranted allegation.”Ball-tampering row: Sri Lanka deny wrongdoing in 2nd Test vs West IndiesThe West Indies resumed on day three on 118-2, which was bumped up to 123/2 by the penalty runs. But the home side was all out in a rush after tea for 300, a lead of 47 on the first innings.Sri Lanka was 34/1 at stumps in their second innings, trailing by 13.For West Indies, only opener Devon Smith and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich posted scores of substance, 61 and 55 respectively.The Sri Lankans contained the home side with excellent bowling, trapping Smith and tricking Dowrich.Suranga Lakmal was rewarded with 2-50, and fellow medium-pacer Kasun Rajitha 3-49. But fast bowler Lahiru Kumara took the most wickets, four.In its second innings, Sri Lanka lost Kusal Perera to a thick edge behind off Shannon Gabriel two overs before stumps. Perera made 20.Mahela Udawatte, on Test debut, was left on 11, and nightwatchman Rajitha was yet to score.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Mike Gundy: ‘It’s Really a Special Time for Oklahoma State’

first_imgIt sort of feels like“The players just bought in and had a great week of practice,” Gundy told FOX. I’m very happy for ’em. These guys just like to practice hard and they like being around each other. We’re very proud of them. This is a great day for the Oklahoma State people. It’s a really good time. For the tragedy we had … it’s really a special time for Oklahoma State.”Yes, yes it is. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more