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Posted at 7:43 PM ET, 04/ 6/2010

D.C. schools, teachers' union reach deal

By Terri Rupar

Update, 8:13 p.m.:
For details, see the union's Q&A here and highlights here. (Both are pdfs.)

D.C. Schools and the Washington Teachers’ Union have reached tentative agreement on a new contract, ending more than two year of often rancorous negotiations, union and District officials said Tuesday.

The proposed pact, which must be ratified by union members and approved by the D.C. Council, is scheduled to be announced at a midday Wednesday news conference. It will give District teachers a 20 percent increase over five years, 11 percent retroactively. Under the contract, the salary package would be paid for with a $65 million grant from four private foundations: Eli and Edythe Broad, Laura and John Arnold, Robertson and the Walton Family Foundation.

The contract also includes provisions that Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has sought to give her more latitude in rewarding effective teachers and removing ineffective educators from the system. The agreement calls for a voluntary performance-pay system in which teachers may be able to earn up to $20,000 annually for improving student test scores and other aspects of academic performance.

--Bill Turque

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Some details, from LooseLips at the City Paper:
"but DCPS has agreed, according to the documents, to form a working group with WTU reps to "review teachers' concerns and suggestions regarding implementation of IMPACT....and to make recommendations to resolve issues and make improvements." IMPACT, additionally, will be subject to an outside review."

As for Gates not putting money in for raises:
""The Gates Foundation has been incredibly generous, and, like all other funders, is donating substantial resources to a singular effort. The Gates Foundation is currently supporting innovations in teacher professional development such as the online platform, which is currently being planned, that will allow for personalized training for individual teachers."

Under the contract proposal, new "checks and balances" would be instituted "to help members and the WTU deal with difficult personnel decisions and quickly challenge any arbitrary actions either at the building or district level." Specifically, there would be "consultation with WTU to discuss other possible options" prior to a RIF; "stronger language on the role of [local school restructuring teams]," which were supposed to play a crucial role in the fall RIF but in many cases did not; and "multiple hiring opportunities" for RIF'd teachers.

The $100,000 Q&A can be found here:

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The DCPS/WTU highlights make no mention of children/students.


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