Several thousand Denver public school teachers were expected to walk off the job on Monday in the first strike in Colorado’s largest school district in 25 years.
Negotiations between the teachers’ union and the school district broke down over the weekend over whether to prioritize general wage increases or incentives for teachers working in high-poverty areas and challenging classrooms.
The school district planned to keep schools open by staffing classes with substitute teachers and administration staff.
Denver is the latest U.S. school district to face labor troubles with its teachers this year. Last month, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest U.S. school district, ended a six-day strike by agreeing to a 6 percent pay raise for teachers, reduced class sizes and other demands.