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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 06/ 2/2010

D.C. teachers approve new contract

By Washington Post editors

D.C. teachers approve a new contract by wide margin. It will provide a 21.6 percent salary hike and a groundbreaking performance pay program.

Stay with for more details.

D.C. teachers voting on new contract
10:30 a.m.

As of 10 a.m. the Washington Teachers' Union had voted 858-203 in favor of ratifying a new contract that would give teachers substantial raises and establish a performance pay system linked to test scores. The counting of votes is continuing. Results are expected later Wednesday afternoon.

-- Bill Turque

D.C. teachers to vote on new contract
9:33 a.m.
The Washington Teachers' Union is expected to announce Wednesday afternoon the results of a ratification vote on a new contract that would give D.C. teachers substantial raises and establish a performance pay system linked to test scores.

The contract negotiated with Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee would give the city's 4,000 public school teachers 21.6 percent raises, with half of the increase coming in a single retroactive payment covering nearly three years.

It is likely to be ratified even though many teachers are skeptical of Rhee. Negotiations were drawn-out and contentious, especially after Rhee laid off 266 instructors last fall, citing budget troubles. D.C. Council approval is also expected.

More to come on

--Bill Turque

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  michelle rhee, teacher contract, wtu  
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a 21.6% salary increase? seriously?

What a joke. Public unions are criminal.

Bye Fenty.

Posted by: ObamaisFraud | June 2, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

We are giving our Servicemen who are risking their lives 1.99% and we are giving a failing school system's teacher's 21.6 raise. It is a shame. Industry is getting about 2% a year and working 12 months. Now you know the truth, labor unions don't care about the rest of the country only themselves.

Posted by: stout1 | June 2, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm taking a sabbatical on posting. Self imposed detox. i actually get a little angry over these issues, so i have to take a step back.

Nevertheless, this vote does not come as a surprise though I am disappointed. I knew the teachers would sell their souls for a pay raise. My wife is a teacher and I know how many teachers think. Many teachers don't think big picture of the school building let alone the school system. So as the status qou has switched to testing and whatever else, teachers will play the test score and evaluation game with Rhee as long as the check is 20% more. I bet the vast majority take the raise but do not join the performance pay option.

1st layoff or dismissal due to budget, policy or any other reason, I don't want to hear a word from the WTU or anyone for that matter. you signed on for it, live with it.

I'm back to trying my detox program.

Posted by: oknow1 | June 2, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

It's All about the Benjamin's baby. Slap that cold hard cash in those greedy little hands. They will not teach the children anything.

What's next a bonus/bail out for BP for polluting the GULF

Take the Benjamins and go back to sitting on your fat butts. Unions ruin everything. GM, Chrysler AMERICA

Posted by: jensenjack45 | June 2, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, the DC Govt is fleecing drivers with the traffic fine increases.

I hope there are some stringent perfomance standards attibuted to the teachers and these raises... no more substandard teachers.. fire em if they are substandard, especially if you are paying a premium teacher salary....

Posted by: joebananas1 | June 2, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Exactly. Because the DC school teachers are producing world class Einstein scientists, and world class leaders politician like Hitler and Stalin, they do deserved the raise. Unlike servicemen who gave their lives for the country, but that is nothing compare to the accomplishment of DC school teachers.

Bad comparison.
>We are giving our Servicemen who are risking their lives 1.99% and we are giving a failing school system's teacher's 21.6 raise.

Posted by: drkly | June 2, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Of course they did.

All the crystal ball prognostations and flak people like Oknow 1 have been espousing the last 3 years since this proposal was floated...after all the Rhee bashing, all the promises that the teachers would never trust Rhee...heck even yesterday all the people who posted here about it (and who all said they wouldn't vote for it), it all turned out to be, predictably, bunk.

Imagine my surprise

Posted by: Nosh1 | June 2, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Exactly Nosh1, I'd like to dig up all the endless comments predicting this thing would be voted down and parade them here. A small segment of angry, ignorant, racist, and incompetent teachers managed to post endlessly about evil Rhee, and then they get trounced by this sort of margin? You haters, you know who you are, should be ashamed of yourselves.

And as for the size of the raise, remember they've been negotiating this thing for years, and teachers hadn't had a raise since a couple years prior to that. So while 21% may seem large, remember its retroactive for five years of non-raises.

Now, can we focus on teaching the endless troupes of miscreants in DC schools please?

Way to go Rhee.

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | June 2, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

21%?! What a sense of entitlement while others struggle and the city can't afford. What will go lacking to pay these people?

Posted by: jckdoors | June 2, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Was that 20% or 20 pieces of silver? Take that retroactive pay and stash it away for a rainy day. The union will never see rest of the money. Fenty and Rhee, along with Gates, Walton, Arnold and Milken have proven they can't be trusted.

Posted by: mcstowy | June 2, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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