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WTU Committee on Political Education (COPE)
The wide variety of issues that DCPS teachers deal with on a daily basis – from increasing class sizes, student discipline, reduced planning time, a punitive and highly subjective performance evaluation system to having our school budgets cut and sometimes frozen – are all directly impacted by the policies the lawmakers of Washington, DC put into place.
No one is in a better position to advocate for our students, schools, educational policies and resources than WTU members. We are the ones who face our students every day. We are the ones who have the most direct connections to parents. We are the ones who have a deep understanding of how to educate. We are the ones who see how our government’s policies can either help us or hurt us.
That’s why it is imperative that we have a united voice make sure DC lawmakers hear and understand our ideas.
That’s why the Washington Teachers’ Union established the Committee on Political Education (WTU-COPE). Contributions to COPE are strictly voluntary, but most WTU members sign up for a program through which each pay period $1 automatically goes to WTU-COPE. Time and again, when teachers speak up together, and are persistent, lawmakers listen.