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DPS Proposes Teacher Pay Increase To Prevent Strike

DENVER (CBS4)- Denver Public Schools has proposed a 10 percent increase in teacher base pay to the Denver Classroom Teachers Association. It's part of ongoing negotiations to prevent a teacher strike.

In a video posted to Facebook Friday night, DPS Superintendent Susana Cordova announced teachers will see a pay raise of "roughly" 10 percent in the proposal.

Susana Cordova (credit: CBS)

She has also proposed a pathway to a $100,000 a year base pay for classroom teachers.

The district has also proposed a $6 million increase to their previous proposal for all-day kindergarten, in line with Gov. Jared Polis' push for free all-day kindergarten in Colorado.

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Also part of the proposal are changes to "lanes," or what determines a teacher's salary. Lanes will be determined by years of experience and amount of education. Cordova is also proposing a new lane change based on college credit accumulation.

The Denver Classroom Teacher's Association, the union representing DPS classroom teachers, can now respond to the proposal. If a deal is not reached by Friday, Jan. 18, DPS teachers will begin preparing for a strike.

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