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Breaking: Teachers ratify contract

Just got word that the contract passed. Exact vote not yet available, but a WTU spokeswoman says it was roughly 1,400 to 400. Union president George Parker has scheduled a 3:00 presser.

UPDATE:Here is the statement Parker put out a few minutes ago:

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.

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By Bill Turque  |  June 2, 2010; 12:31 PM ET
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Amazing GP has already contacted the press and the voting started at 10:00 AM.

This will be the last official ACT OF THE GEORGE PARKER ADMINISTRATION.


Posted by: dccounselor72 | June 2, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Teachers Union (WTU) & AFT have a long history of corruption, embezzlement, fraud, vote-fixing, & election process irregularities.

Posted by: honestaction | June 2, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

No specific vote counts are being given out yet, because the results (in terms of 'ballpark' propaganda numbers) were fixed ahead
of time (so the input ballots, phone/internet vote data
& computer reports just need to be fabricated, altered or manipulated/tweaked to fit the programmed, pre-arranged results).

Posted by: honestaction | June 2, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse


Will you find out why N. Saunders was not allowed to witness the count as well as who was present.

This will reflect poorly on the GP but at this point I doubt if it can get any worse. I have always heard of voting irregularities but now I think it has been proven.

For those of you who are celebrating, I only hope you only plan to stay in DCPS for a very short time.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | June 2, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Teachers Union (WTU) and AFT have a long history of corruption, embezzlement, fraud, vote-fixing,
& election process irregularities.
Remember, that the AFT is part of the AFL-CIO (which
has a sordid history of union thugs and malfeasance,
dirty tactics & tricks.

It is definitely NOT a professional association, like the
NEA (National Education Association) which strictly
represents teachers as professional educators.

Posted by: honestaction | June 2, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Did Miss Rhee give a list of goals that would allow the citizens of the District to measure her progress in reforming the school system?

Eg, after 5 years (so by 2012), 80% of high schoolers will score 1600 or above on the SAT.
Or after 6 years, the DCPS NAEP scores will match those of Maryland and Virginia?

I looked on the DCPS website, but I couldn't find anything.

Posted by: edlharris | June 2, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

So only 1,800 out of 4,000 teachers voted? I know not every teacher is a full member and so not allowed to vote. However, I hardly think that 2,200 teachers are not full union members. In fact, the vast majority of the young new hires signed up for the union. These numbers, even though it's ratified, hardly indicate overwhelming support of the new contract. Something's rotten in the state of Denmark.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | June 2, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

To my education colleagues in DCPS--I hope this works out for you. It's amazing how money talks. I hope the money is worth the loss of due process.

Posted by: musiclady | June 2, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

What musiclady and urbandweller said.


Also, steep price to pay for ensuring Michelle Rhee's reign.

Posted by: PLMichaelsArtist-at-Large | June 2, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I see folks are still chasing money and chicken.

Will sell their souls for both.

Good luck as you spend your big bucks to buy more chicken.

Posted by: fmurray200111 | June 2, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Let the teacher firings begin. Rhee will fire many who voted for the contract in July 2010. Check out DC City Council hearing in which she stated she will send teachers termination letters. She has already hired many of her newbies to take the soon to be terminated teachers place.

Posted by: teacherspet | June 2, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I seriously doubt the AAA risked its reputation (which is pretty much the only thing in the arbitration business) to fix the vote of the WTU, which is pretty small potatoes to it.

I suspect that many teachers voted yes because of the money, or because we know we are going to get sc***ed, we may as well get paid for it.

Posted by: Wyrm1 | June 2, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

"I suspect that many teachers voted yes because of the money, or because we know we are going to get sc***ed, we may as well get paid for it."

That's my bet, too, Wrym1. It was a capitulation, not an affirmation.

Posted by: efavorite | June 2, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

efavorite, you can see the truth staring you in the face and you must twist it to suit your warped agenda. Honestly, have you no shame at all? You are just simply wrong and won't stop lying on this board no matter how many people catch you. You are a conman and only suckers listen to you.

Posted by: bbcrock | June 3, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

All readers would be well served if you included illustrative returns to contract approval. eg. A teacher who just completed 3 years teaching, all at DCPS, is uncertain of next year's employment. She has had an average salary of about $44K over the 3 years. Contract approval means retroactive increases. So, that non-renewed teacher, just like one who is offered renewal, has just voted for a $5700 lump sum check (before taxes), to be received shortly. Especially useful if terminated.

The wonder still is, that voting was so low.

Posted by: incredulous | June 3, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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