Boulder teachers set to strike

5 Oct

School District attempts to turn parents against union

A letter sent to Boulder Valley School District parents telling them of steps officials will take should there be a teacher strike was not meant to influence negotiations, a district spokesman said.

But Melissa Tingley, head of the teachers union, said the letter is trying to get parents to take sides in the conflict between the Boulder Valley Education Association and the district.

“It’s a shame that the district is trying to create unnecessary fear with the parent community,” Tingley said.

Mediation between the district and the 1,500-member teacher union collapsed Sept. 17, and the association filed notice with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment of a possible strike.

The union wants changes to the professional salary schedule that will move pay higher more quickly. The district says it can’t afford the changes this year.

Read the full story at the Denver Post

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