Washington Teachers’ Union Responds to DCPS School ClosingsFriday, January 18, 2013
Washington Teachers’ Union Responds to DCPS School Closings
Washington, D.C. (January 18, 2013)— District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the final school consolidation and reorganization plan which will close 15 neighborhood schools, 13 at the end of the 2012-2013 school year and two at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
WTU President Nathan Saunders said in response:
“The Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) has been fervently advocating for teachers, students and families who will ultimately be displaced. We will minimize the plan’s impact, while stabilizing teachers, students and schools.
“Through a positive working relationship with DCPS, WTU has influenced education stakeholders to ensure teachers with effective or higher evaluation ratings continue to have positions within the school system. As a result of attrition from retirement, licensure adjustments and resignations, we will protect our interests.
“WTU has also created new opportunities—such as the voluntary employee benefits association (VEBA) and the D.C. Teachers’ Retirement Amendment Act of 2013—for teachers who may be excessed or affected by school consolidations.
“In the coming weeks, WTU will also assist in facilitating job fairs for teachers affected by DCPS school consolidation and reorganization
“As we continue to look forward and not only address the more immediate challenges presented by school consolidations, WTU remains on the cutting edge of new DCPS partnerships to ensure the viability of public education.”