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Thursday
9
February

DC Parents, Teachers to Protest DeVos During Her Visit to Middle School

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Parents and retired teachers are planning to protest Friday morning outside a D.C. middle school during a visit by newly confirmed Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Washington Teachers' Union President Elizabeth Davis told News4's Tom Sherwood the union will hold a parent and teacher "vigil" at Jefferson Middle School Academy in Southwest at 9 a.m., when DeVos is expected to visit.

Thursday
9
February

DeVos To Visit D.C. Public School On Friday Morning, Teachers’ Union To Hold Vigil

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected to visit Jefferson Middle School Academy, a D.C. public school, on Friday morning, where she will speak to teachers.

Her visit to Jefferson, which is located in Southwest D.C., was confirmed Thursday night by city officials and Elizabeth Davis, head of the Washington Teachers’ Union. The U.S. Department of Education only said the visit would be closed to the press.

Friday
30
December

D.C.'s teachers union hopeful it will have a new contract in early 2017

Friday, December 30, 2016

Teachers in D.C. public schools will welcome a new chancellor in February. But before that happens, the Washington Teachers’ Union and the school system want to settle a years-long dispute over teachers’ pay.

Thursday
1
December

Washington Teachers Union Head Asks Council to 'Censure' Mayor

She asserts Bowser violated the law in the process of appointing a new schools chief.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

In a letter sent yesterday afternoon to David Grosso, chair of the D.C. Council Committee on Education, the head of the Washington Teacher’s Union is crying foul on the process by which Mayor Muriel Bowser chose the District’s new schools chief Antwan Wilson, whom she introduced at a hastily convened press conference on Nov. 22—less than an hour after she informed a statutory review panel of her selection.

Wednesday
23
November

Inside the Mayor's Secretive Search for Schools Chief

Members of the search's advisory committee criticize how it went down, calling it a "blatant violation of the lawful process."

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s search for a new D.C. Public Schools chancellor was billed as a nationwide endeavor with no specific time schedule, an abiding respect for community engagement, and adherence to the “letter of the law.”

Tuesday
22
November

Bowser names pick for next D.C. schools chancellor: Oakland schools chief Antwan Wilson

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser could have chosen an insider to be the next chief of D.C. Public Schools, someone steeped in the personalities and policies of the past nine years that ushered in sweeping changes and turned the nation’s capital into a closely watched experiment in urban education reform.

Friday
30
September

See Ya, Kaya: The Achievement Gap

Friday, September 30, 2016

After six years as head of D.C. Public Schools, Kaya Henderson steps down Friday, claiming she’s turned around a troubled school system.

Thursday
29
September

Left Behind: How Kaya Henderson Failed At-Risk DCPS Students

Erratic funding, scrapped improvements, out-dated computers

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Less than a mile from the Congress Heights Metro and the Maryland line, Malcolm X Elementary School is quiet on the Friday afternoon before Labor Day. A few parents walk their children up the steep hill from Mississippi Avenue in Southeast, past half-million-dollar homes with two-car garages under construction across the street, toward humble garden apartments, aged apartment complexes, and weathered bungalows in Ward 8, where half of all children live in poverty.

Sunday
25
September

Teachers travel abroad to bring lessons back home

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Maya Cunningham wants her music students at J.C. Nalle Elementary School to experience sounds and culture not traditionally found in the school’s Marshall Heights neighborhood.

So she is headed to Botswana.

Friday
2
September

Is three months enough time to find a new school district leader?

Friday, September 2, 2016

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser said she will name a new D.C. Public Schools chancellor by mid-October, an unusually short timetable that has the teachers union concerned that the mayor is rushing the national search or has already picked a successor.

Monday
22
August

My teachers' union makes me a better teacher

Monday, August 22, 2016

It’s a hotly debated issue: Are teachers’ unions forces for good or evil?

As an educator, I cannot convey just how critical my union membership is to my job security and satisfaction. No matter what some outside of education say, union representation allows me to focus on student learning and grow professionally. If you can try to put aside your prior experiences and thoughts on teachers’ unions for one moment, I want to tell you how the union has made me a better teacher.

Friday
19
August

The Washington Informer 2016 Back to School Supplement

Friday, August 19, 2016

WTU featured in The Washington Informer 2016 Back to School Supplement.

Click here to view WTU articles on pages 4, 5 and 6.

Wednesday
17
August

D.C. Residents Rally Against Wal-Mart, Privatization of Charter Schools

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Washington Teachers' Union recently held a press conference in protest of Wal-Mart and the founding Walton family for their financial support of the privatization of D.C. charter schools and their monetary neglect of the city's public schools.

Friday
12
August

Teachers union blasts Walmart for its back-to-school promotion

Friday, August 12, 2016

Retail giant Walmart is running a back-to-school promotion this summer, encouraging customers to nominate their favorite teachers to win school supplies and a $490 gift card — the estimated amount public school teachers spend out of pocket each year on their classrooms.

Monday
8
August

New DC Teachers Learn Benefits of Union

Monday, August 8, 2016

Hundreds of new DC teachers joined the Washington Teachers Union yesterday at the annual DCPS New Teacher Orientation. "There's a lot of interest by new teachers in the union," said Cheryl Miller, a longtime special ed teacher who's been involved in the union for many years, during a rare lull in the daylong event at the Columbia Heights Education Campus on 16th Street. "They have a lot of questions about what we offer as a union, the benefits, teacher support, and the union contract. I always tell them the most important thing is that 'You are the union,' and urge them to get involved to make sure their voice is heard." An impressive 83% of the 472 attendees joined the union, WTU reports. The union also donated 150 extra bag lunches to the DC Central Kitchen. In a related story, the Teachers Union and Making Change at Walmart will join elected officials and other supporters of public education at a press conference this morning to call attention to the way the Walton family and Walmart are short-changing Washington, DC’s students (see calendar, above; you can also catch WTU General Vice President Jacqueline Pogue Lyons on WPFW 89.3 FM this morning at 9:30a; click here to hear the archived show).

Friday
27
May

Teacher Unions Still Haven't Forgiven Michelle Rhee, Don't Care How Well Her Policies Work

Friday, May 27, 2016

In 2007, Michelle Rhee took over as chancellor of the District of Columbia public school system. In part because her policies were radical, and in part because she expressed her views in an abrasive fashion, and in part because she worked in a major media center, Rhee became the face of education reform, and, consequently, the number-one enemy of teacher unions. Rhee imposed sweeping reforms to introduce measurement and accountability into the schools, including a controversial new teaching contract, which gave every teacher a 20 percent raise, and allowed them to become eligible for large performance bonuses if they gave up the tenure protections that made it difficult to fire them.

Wednesday
25
May

Washington, D.C., Teachers Union Wrestles with the Legacy of Michelle Rhee

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

It’s been five years since self-styled education reformer Michelle Rhee left her job as head of the District of Columbia Public Schools under a cloud of bitterness and controversy, but she is still throwing shade over the Washington city school system.

Monday
16
May

D.C. public school teachers rally to resume contract negotiations with union

Monday, May 16, 2016

Teachers from Thomson Elementary School and other schools in Ward 2 rallied Monday to demand that District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and Chancellor Kaya Henderson resume contract negotiations with the Washington Teachers' Union.

Friday
6
May

Are DCPS Teachers Due For A Bigger Raise? Negotiations Fuels Protest

Friday, May 6, 2016

Teachers feel undervalued

Alex McKeithen teaches music at Deal Middle School in northwest Washington. He says it’s ironic that this week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Deal is a school often touted by Mayor Muriel Bowser as an example of what middle schools should be. McKeithen says that Deal is a great school and he loves his job.

Thursday
5
May

"Call to Action" by Ward 3 teachers demands that DCPS show its "appreciation" by returning to the bargaining table.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

May 2-6 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. However, teachers who work for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) are not feeling very appreciated. 

Wednesday
4
May

5 Pieces Of Wisdom For Kindergarten Teachers

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

When you enter Marissa McGee's classroom, the first thing you notice is her connection with her students. They're delighted by her enthusiasm, they pick up on her sarcasm, and they often double over with giggles when she makes a joke.

Monday
25
April

DCPS Teachers Will Get Weekly Subject-Based Training Next School Year

Monday, April 25, 2016
Starting in the 2016-17 academic year, D.C. Public Schools teachers will receive weekly training in their subject areas as part of a new professional-development program called LEAP.
Tuesday
5
April

Teachers union touts victory in evaluation fight

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Washington Teachers Union clinched a long-sought victory in its fight against the D.C. Public Schools’ teacher evaluation system, albeit a minor one on procedural grounds.

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