D.C. schools, teachers' union reach deal
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.
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