DENVER – Denver Public Schools and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association union have reached a new, five-year contract that gives every teacher in the district a raise.
The two groups reached an agreement early Friday after months of negotiations. The previous contract expired at midnight.
As part of the new contract, every teacher will have their base pay increased by $1,400 in the 2017-18 school year.
The new contract also adds an extra planning day to next year’s calendar and prevents 10 minutes at the start and end of each day from being counted as planning time. The agreement also states that the district and the union will create a joint task force to work on “whole child” policies and recommendations.
“Thanks to the strength of DPS parents, teachers and SSPs, we were able to get to an agreement that furthers our commitment to creating the schools Denver students deserve,” said DCTA President Henry Roman. “Denver teachers and SSPs are some of the most committed and talented professionals in the nation, and it’s truly an honor to work with them. We look forward to further collaboration with the district on these important issues.”
The Denver Public Schools board and DCTA members still have to sign off on the agreement, after which the contract will take effect.