Parents Use DPS Bargaining Session As Teaching Lesson


AND KELLY WERTHMANN WITH THE NUGGETS STARS COACHING AMAZE YOUNG WOMEN. WE KNOW THE PARENTS OF DENVER SCHOOL KIDS WISH WE HAD BETTER NEWS TONIGHT, BUT THE TEACHERS STRIKE WILL BE ENTERING A THIRD DAY TOMORROW. AFTER YET ANOTHER FULL DAY OF NEGOTIATIONS THERE’S STILL NO AGREEMENT. AND IT WASN’T JUST TEACHERS, MANY STUDENTS JOINED IN TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT. ONE TEACHER TOLD US IT WAS POWERFUL TO SEE HER STUDENTS OUT THERE ENCOURAGING HER. KAREN MORFITT SAT IN ON NEGOTIATIONS TONIGHT, AND YOU FOUND SOME PARENTS BRINGING THEIR KIDS TO THOSE MEETINGS TO WATCH ALL THIS UNFOLD. REPORTER: THERE’S SOME UNCERTAINTY ABOUT WHAT STUDENTS ARE DOING INSIDE THE CLASSROOM WHILE THEIR TEACHERS ARE OUT ON THE PICKET LINES, SO SOME PARENTS ARE USING THE STRIKE AND NEGOTIATIONS AS A TEACHING OPPORTUNITY. WITH TEACHERS ON THE PICKET LINE FOR A SECOND DAY IN A ROW, ONE MOM DECIDED HER KIDS WOULDN’T GO TO SCHOOL. I HAVE MY THREE DPS STUDENTS HERE. REPORTER: INSTEAD OF STAYING HOME, THEY’RE SITTING IN ON NEGOTIATIONS. ROMAN, IN 8th GRADE, LILLIAN IN 5th, AND DAX IN 2nd GRADE. I KNOW THAT IT’S ABOUT THE TEACHER, BECAUSE WHY WOULD I BE HERE? REPORTER: HOURS OF COMPLICATED BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN DPS AND THE DENVER TEACHER’S UNION DOUBLED AS A LESSON IN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE. I THINK IT’S A REALLY GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT THE TEACHERS AND LEARN ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON IN REAL LIFE. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO SEE WE’RE FIGHTING FOR THE THINGS WE BELIEVE IN. REPORTER: AMY BROUGHT HER KINDERGARTENER JANE FOR THE SAME REASON. WE VALUE OUR TEACHERS AND RESPECT THEM AND SEE THEM AS UPSTANDING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, AND WE WANT HER TO SEE THAT AS WELL. REPORTER: STUDENTS LEFT THE MEETING WITH A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT’S HAPPENING, BUT A LESSON IN COMPROMISE WILL HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER DAY. THE TWO SIDES LEFT THE TABLE SEVERAL HOURS AGO, BUT ARE EXPECTED TO RETURN LATER TONIGHT. IT’S UNEXPECTED A DEAL WILL BE REACHED BEFORE DAY THREE OF A STRIKE, BUT WE’LL BE HERE TO MONITOR THAT AND LET YOU KNOW IF ANYTHING CHANGES, AND IF THERE’S NO DEAL REACHED TONIGHT LATE INTO THE EVENING

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