March 25, 2022

Educators Across Denver Regain Access to Many Contractual Rights Provided by the Denver Classroom Teachers Association: 

DENVER, CO – Last night, The Denver Public Schools (DPS) Board of Education passed Superintendent Marrero’s compromise, executive limitation policy regarding standard employee protections for educators covered by the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) collective bargaining agreement in a 5-2 vote. The following statement can be attributed to Rob Gould, special education teacher and president of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association:

“Educators across the district have fiercely advocated for the passing of this policy, while others have feared for their jobs for speaking up. Groups like the DCTA Black Educators Caucus have vocalized that they should not need to choose between their basic contractual rights and creating innovative ways to serve our students. 

“More than 1,200 educators have regained their basic contractual rights. The hard work begins now! We are committed to working collaboratively with innovation educators and leaders across the district to ensure that our students’ unique learning needs are at the forefront of all conversations. In fact, we have already started these conversations and look forward to continuing them in the future. 

“We would like to thank President Gaytán, Director Baldermann, Rev. Laurvick, Dr. Olson and Director Esserman and for assuring educators that our rights play an integral role within schools. We celebrate this moment as it communicates our values about how our educators deserve to be treated, no matter where they work. It reassures us of DPS values and supports healthy working conditions for all educators, which positively reflects our students’ learning conditions.”