Dear School Leaders and Educators,
As you heard from our communication last week, Amendment 73, also known as the Great Schools, Thriving Communities ballot initiative, is up for a statewide vote in November. Last night, DPS and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) met to discuss DPS’ proposal to add $36 million into teacher compensation if the amendment passes as well as what to do if the ballot initiative does not pass.
Under the DPS Proposal, the $36 million increase would be used to:
If Amendment 73 does not pass, DPS is committed to honoring the five-year agreement that DPS and DCTA worked hard to reach last fall. Under that contract, teachers will receive an estimated 15% increase in compensation over a three-year period: 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.
In the negotiations last night, DCTA asked for a deeper breakdown of the 15% increase. We provided the following details about compensation increases for these three years, pursuant to the five-year DPS-DCTA contract that expires in 2022:
We recognize that increased funding is still critical in order to further increase teacher pay. The Board of Education voted last week to make teacher compensation the largest investment from any additional money received from Amendment 73.
After DPS shared its proposal, DCTA did not offer any counter proposals but instead declared “impasse” — a term in the ProComp agreement that means the two sides are stuck and need the support of a mediator. The district has been advocating for mediation for some time and welcomes the opportunity to move the conversation forward faster and more productively with the support of a mediator.
We will continue to keep you updated regarding our conversations to improve our teacher compensation in DPS.