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On The Hill, A Rare Gun Violence Hearing; In Denver, A Looming Teacher Strike


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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “On The Hill, A Rare Gun Violence Hearing; In Denver, A Looming Teacher Strike”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Students in "March For Our Lives" shirts sat in the House Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence on Feb. 6. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

Students in "March For Our Lives" shirts sat in the House Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence on Feb. 6.

Just weeks after a 6-day teacher strike in Los Angeles, educators in Denver are preparing to strike on Monday, barring an agreement with the school district.Union members voted to authorize a strike in January, but put plans on hold while the state's Department of Labor and Employment decided whether to intervene.The Denver Classroom Teachers Association represents more than 5,600 educators in Denver Public Schools.

The state agency confirmed Wednesday that, at least for now, it won't get in the middle of the dispute. As Colorado Public Radio's Jenny Brundin reports, the union is pressing for changes to teacher pay, especially when it comes to the current system of pay incentives.

In Oakland, Calif., the teachers union announced Monday that educators had voted to authorize a strike, although a date has not yet been set. As Vanessa Rancaño and Matthew Green at KQED report, the Oakland Education Association (which represents nearly 3,000 educators) is asking for salary increases and smaller classes.

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