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Denver’s teachers go on strike; a video shows a reportedly dead Uighur musician alive.
Denver teachers strike for the first time in 25 years Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images 2,631 teachers went on strike in Denver on Monday after negotiations between the Denver Classroom Teachers Association and Denver Public Schools over baseline salaries failed. [Denver Post / Elizabeth Hernandez, Elise Schmelzer, Jessica Seaman, and Saja Hindi] Denver’s teachers are some of the lowest-paid in the nation, earning about $44,000 in some cases. DCTA is demanding better baseline salaries to end a system of awarding bonuses based on performance evaluations or for teachers working in high-poverty schools. [NYT / Julie Turkewitz and Dana Goldstein] 4,714 preschool students didn’t go to school on Monday, but all other classes were held. Keeping schools open could cost as much as $400,000 per day, according to Polis, because most classrooms are staffed by administrators and substitute teachers. 71,000 students will be affected across 147 schools. [NPR / Matthew S. Schwartz] The bonus system, known as ProComp, was designed to encourage good teachers to work in underfunded schools or hard-to-staff positions. Critics say the system is unpredictable, confusing, and arbitrary because the bonuses are awarded based on criteria such as collective student test scores. [Denver Post / Elizabeth Hernandez] Denver’s strikes are the most recent in a string of teacher strikes in places including Arizona, West Virginia, and Los Angeles. [Associated Press]