- The current teacher contract proposal presented by the Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) is designed to support the overarching goals of the DCPS five year education plan.
- The proposal draws successful, collaborative contracts from across the region and nation.
- The WTU's proposal takes a comprehensive approach to addressing the serious issues facing the students in DC's Public Schools, drawing from successful education strategies used in cities like New York, Miami and Chicago.
- Key provisions of the WTU proposal include:
- Providing teachers with the support and training they need to do their best work, such as high quality job-embedded professional development and induction programs for new teachers;
- Ensuring DC's students are taught by the most effective teachers by providing WTU/DCPS Teacher Centers and strengthening teacher evaluations, accountability and support;
- Recruiting and retaining great teachers for DC's schools by increasing base salaries, creating school-wide financial incentives and career latter programs;
- Improving school conditions, by ensuring optimum resources in every classroom; supporting the District's efforts to overhaul special education; and research-based practices and services aimed at boosting student achievement in the lowest-performing schools; and
- Implementing a strong discipline and safety program that includes consistent monitoring, enforcement and proactive intervention.
- The provisions in the WTU's proposal stress the importance of accountability, collaboration and cooperation among all stakeholders, essential characteristics of any successful school district.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
WTU submits contract counter proposal to DCPS
The Washington Teachers Union, the 4,000+ DCPS teachers' collective bargaining representation, has submitted to DCPS a counter proposal to Rhee's "Plan A". Here's the letter sent by WTU president George Parker to his members announcing the proposal and listing its highlights.