Although only 1,837 teachers of approximately 3,400 voted, DCPS teachers ratified on June 2, 2010 a contract that some describe as historic because its voluntary individual performance-pay system that is tied to student academic growth. President of the Washington Teachers Union George Parker released this statement on Wednesday:
“After two and a half years of negotiations, I am extremely pleased that our members have voted “Yes” on an agreement that will provide teachers with the tools, resources and respect so that all children in DC Public Schools will have a quality education.
This contract invests in teachers’ professional growth, creates conditions for success for students, boosts teacher pay so that it is highly competitive with surrounding jurisdictions, provides resources necessary to improve teaching and learning, focuses on student discipline and includes new checks and balances related to excessing and reduction in force.
I would like to thank our teachers for letting their collective voice be heard by voting in support of a contract that is good for kids and fair to teachers. The Washington Teachers’ Union is committed to continuing our efforts to ensure that teachers are provided with the tools and resources they need to improve education in DC Public Schools.
It is now up to the DC City Council to approve the compensation so the real work can begin.”
Base Salary Increases—The Agreement provides an increase of 20 percent over five years (2007-08 through 2011-12) at the following rates: 3 percent, 3 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent and 5 percent. The raises for 2007-08, 2008-09 and the appropriate portion of 2009-10 will be paid retroactively following ratification by the WTU membership and approval by the D.C. city council.
WTU/DCPS CONTRACT AGREEMENT