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Pueblo teachers strike, settle


Pueblo School District 60 teachers returned to the classroom on May 14 after a week-long strike over teacher pay and other issues, The Pueblo Chieftain reported. The Pueblo Education Association voted 495-62 on May 12 to accept an agreement that includes a 2 percent cost-of-living increase retroactive to January 2018, pay for three of the five strike days, a 2.5-percent cost-of-living adjustment for the 2018-19 school year and $50 more monthly toward health insurance premiums.

D-60 teachers were the only group to strike over teacher pay, though others, including those from Colorado Springs districts, marched at the Capitol in Denver.

Colorado Springs School District 11 teachers will see pay hikes starting July 1 due largely to voter approval in November 2017 of a $42 million mill levy override. The new starting teacher's salary will be $39,000, several thousand more than the current pay scale. Experience steps also will be funded.

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