January 28, 1996 |
Lesson one: Enter the room without so much as a hint of a footfall. Speak not a word unless spoken to. Lesson two: Wear no jewelry that might attract the eye. Dress only in black and white. No cologne or perfume to betray a presence. Leave not a crumb behind. Lesson three: whatever happens here--abuse, adultery, addiction--is neither seen nor heard, much less spoken of.
January 4, 1995 |
Thank goodness for Ruben Perez, that is what all of the teachers at Horace Mann Middle School said when the assistant principal attempted to suspend 97 students for fighting, absenteeism and sassing back in class. But Denver school district officials, arguing that Perez failed to fully document the infractions of many of those students, instead suspended the 41-year-old Perez for one day with pay and ordered that he take a crash course in disciplinary procedures.
October 16, 1994 |
Teachers in the city's public schools voted overwhelmingly Saturday night to approve a new contract, ending their five-day strike over salaries. Teachers cheered and held hands as union officials announced that 94% of the 2,708 voters approved the two-year contract. The deal gives teachers a 2.15% salary increase for the first year but lengthens their work year by 10 days to 190 days. After the first year, salaries will be renegotiated.
October 11, 1994 |
Risking jail and $100-a-day fines, Denver's public teachers went on strike Monday for the first time in 25 years. The state went to court later in the day to demand a judicial order forcing the teachers back to work. But the hearing was postponed until today to give teachers time to prepare their case.
October 10, 1994 |
Teachers unhappy with their salaries and undaunted by threats of jail voted Sunday night to strike after last-ditch negotiations with the city school district failed. Although Mayor Wellington Webb urged both sides to resume talks Sunday, none were scheduled and the strike was expected to begin this morning. State labor director Joe Donlon, who drafted the rejected contract, warned Friday that a strike or lockout would be illegal.