US: Denver teachers strike over base salary

            By Umar Farooq</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - Teachers in the state of Colorado’s largest school district began a strike Monday after failing to reach terms with the school district on pay.</p>  <p>Schools will remain open as administrators and substitute teachers fill in the void left by the teachers, according to Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susana Cordova.</p>  <p> Preschool and Early Child Education classes will be canceled, however, leaving 5,000 children at home.</p>  <p>&quot;It's not going to be a normal day. I’m not going to pretend like that’s the case. Anytime students’ teachers aren’t in class, it’s not a normal day,&quot; Cordova told a local television channel.</p>  <p>&quot;I think it’s really important that our teachers’ union comes back to the table so that we can get to a deal,&quot; she added.</p>  <p>On Saturday, the Denver Classroom Teachers' Association (DCTA) met with administrators to negotiate a deal that involved receiving a &quot;living wage&quot; along with a limit on what they called unpredictable bonuses.</p>  <p>After failing to reach a deal, the DCTA announced it would strike and picket at Denver schools across the district. </p>  <p>&quot;The district has failed to deliver a fair, transparent and professional salary plan that pays all teachers a living wage at the base level and limits unpredictable bonuses that disrupt our students’ education,&quot; the union said.</p>  <p>Denver Public Schools serves more than 90,000 children.