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How long will the Denver teachers strike last? Past strikes and present considerations offer clues.

The Denver teachers union and Denver Public Schools are slated to resume talks on Tuesday

Teachers, students and supporters picket in front of East High School as Denver Public School teachers enter their first day of strikes regarding teacher pay in Feb. 11, 2019. (Kathryn Scott, Special to The Colorado Sun)

By Philissa Cramer, Chalkbeat

When teachers in Los Angeles went on strike last month, their leaders warned that they would be off the job for “as long as it takes” to reach a deal with the district.

They were back in class after six school days.

That timeline could offer a template for what happens in Denver as teachers there strike over how the district pays them. The recent wave of teacher activism has resulted in several major strikes and work stoppages across the U.S. in the last 18 months — all of which have resolved within two weeks, and usually in not much more than one.

Chicago’s 2012 teacher strike, which like Denver’s reflected resistance against a certain brand of education policy as much as a bid for improved compensation, lasted seven school days. In 2015, Seattle teachers started the school year by striking for five days.

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Last year, statewide teacher actions caused some schools to close in Oklahoma and West Virginia for nine days and Arizona for five days. Teachers in Pueblo also held a five-day strike last year.

The Denver teachers union and Denver Public Schools officials are slated to resume talks on Tuesday to try and resolve the pay dispute that prompted the strike. Eleventh-hour negotiations broke down on Saturday, leading teachers to being their strike on Monday.

Read more of this story at chalkbeat.org.

Colorado Sun staff writer Jesse Paul contributed to this report.