"This is has been going on forever, 15 months they've been bargaining this is an extension on it and it's just we're here. I didn't think it would happen, I don't want it to happen but we're here."
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rob Gould, Denver Classroom Teachers Association:
"You know it just felt like we're going around and around and around in circles like there was no end to this and so we just had we felt like we had to use our last tool in our tool chest to really get to get them to listen."
4. Picketing teachers marching
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5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Susana Cordova, Superintendent, Denver Public Schools:
"It is a problem for our kids not to have their teachers in class. And so I want to get this done, Now. So I'm very happy that we'll be back at the table. We were ready to negotiate yesterday. We think that the most important thing we can do is get this settled. And so my goal is to spend as much time as it takes to get a deal."
6. Picketing teachers marching
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7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rob Gould, Denver Classroom Teachers Association:
"We think it's important that DPS sees and knows and understands what it's like not to have teachers in the classroom every day because they need us. They need our, they need our labor, they need our our minds they need our talents to really make it happen for kids.
Denver teachers are getting public support as they begin a strike for higher pay that is less reliant on bonuses.
After picketing outside schools Monday, hundreds of teachers joined members of other unions and at least some students for a march that took them down busy streets and past City Hall.
Police held traffic as the group crossed intersections.
Many drivers honked in support and used their cellphones to capture the moment. Onlookers also watched from nearby offices or the sidewalk.
According to the district, more than 2,100 of about 4,000 teachers had called in absent Monday.
Schools remained open and district officials have said administrators and substitute teachers will staff them. Classes for 5,000 preschool children have been canceled.
The superintendent of Denver schools says talks over a pay dispute that led to a teacher strike will resume Tuesday.
Susana Cordova said she saw a range of effects at schools when teachers went on strike Monday.
Cordova said students at schools she visited were working in classrooms, overseen by adults. She acknowledged reports of students dancing and chanting in the hallways of one high school before walking out.
She said district officials reported that the school was calm by early afternoon.
Cordova says the district will review that plan for individual schools each day. She says she is hopeful the district and teachers union can come to an agreement quickly.