Statement from DFER-DC Director Catharine Bellinger on DCPS, WTU Announcement of New Contract
August 14, 2017
Statement from DFER-DC Director Catharine Bellinger on DCPS, WTU
Announcement of New Contract
Washington, DC — Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington Teachers Union (WTU) President Elizabeth Davis, and DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Antwan Wilson announced a tentative agreement on a new contract that includes a significant investment in teacher compensation. The proposed contract, if approved, will be the first since the 2010 contract negotiated by then-Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Democrats for Education Reform-DC (DFER-DC) Director Catharine Bellinger released the following statement about the tentative contract:
“This contract is an unequivocal win for students and teachers citywide. We applaud Mayor Bowser, WTU President Davis, and Chancellor Wilson for coming together for our kids to negotiate a contract that rewards our teachers for their hard work and will help us keep our best teachers in the District. The new contract ensures that as we start a new school year, our DCPS teachers can count on the recognition and compensation they deserve.
“We know that a great teacher is the most important in-school factor to a student’s success. The District has led the nation on attracting, supporting, and retaining the very best teachers for the past ten years. The new contract ensures DC continues to model an innovative, effective approach to teacher talent that has made DCPS the fastest-improving urban district in the country.
“Both Mayor Bowser and Chancellor Wilson have made clear that they prioritize a collaborative approach to partnering with DCPS educators. We commend the Mayor and Chancellor in particular for working tirelessly on behalf of the city’s teachers and students, and we thank the Washington Teachers Union members for their commitment to the District’s students as they lead improvement in our classrooms and schools.
“DC is now poised for even more progress. As the new school year begins, this contract will set the stage for Chancellor Wilson to pursue an ambitious agenda for improving our schools in partnership with our teachers.”
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