Why I won’t strike: Denver teachers in high-poverty schools, like me, deserve real bonuses
posted by: Guest Blogger
I’m in my eighth year teaching in Denver Public Schools. I have spent my career teaching in Montbello, where a majority of my students qualify for free and reduced lunch. I have a master’s degree in English, and at High Tech Early College, I teach primarily concurrent enrollment classes, for which students receive both high school and college credit.
For the last five years, I have been rated “distinguished,” the district’s highest evaluation rating for teachers. That rating, plus my degree and the fact that I teach at a high-poverty school, means I benefit from many aspects of our current pay system, known as ProComp.
So I’m watching the Denver teacher’s union negotiations for a new pay scale closely. And I’m concerned.
Photo: Alan Petersime