Denver mayor says striking teachers deserve more

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DENVER (AP) - Denver Mayor Michael Hancock says the city's striking teachers deserve better pay.

In a series of tweets Monday, Hancock offered "all the resources at my disposal" to help teachers and school administrators reach an agreement to end a walkout that began hours earlier. He didn't offer any details.

Hancock says the strike is hard on everyone. He said city libraries and recreation centers are offering programs for children whose parents decide to keep them out of schools, including snacks and meals if needed.

Hancock, a Democrat, called teachers the lifeline of the education system and said they deserve a better quality of life.

The head of the National Education Association, the country's largest teachers union, is telling striking Denver teachers they will prevail in their fight for better pay.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia told several thousand rallying teachers and supporters at the state Capitol that theirs is the latest in a struggle that's included teacher actions in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona and, most recently, Los Angeles.

Denver teachers went on strike Monday to demand a better base pay system with less emphasis on frequently confusing bonuses.

The superintendent of Denver schools says talks over a pay dispute that led to a teacher strike will resume Tuesday.