Fall 2015 PD

Press Releases



Youth Pride, Incorporated Reunion

Monday, November 23, 2015 | Categories:
The Youth Pride, Inc. Reunion Committee will host a Youth Pride, Inc. Reunion and Reception Commemorating the Honorable Marion Barry, Jr. on the one year anniversary of his passing.

Citywide partnership to distribute 40,000 free books to D.C. students

Monday, November 09, 2015 | Categories:
WASHINGTON— As part of an ongoing effort to give more D.C. students access to high-quality books, a citywide partnership will be distributing 40,000 free books to educators, librarians, students and parents on Saturday. In addition, several local education leaders – including Washington Teachers Union President Elizabeth Davis (confirmed), D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, D.C. State Superintendent Hanseul Kang, Ward 8 City Councilmember LaRuby May and D.C. City Council Education Committee Chair David Grosso – have been invited to attend.

What is Congress doing?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | Categories:
Congress isn’t able to work together to pass legislation on just about anything, even though millions of Americans are counting on them. But this week, Congress has found the time to take up an issue that they should have no say in: voting on a voucher system affecting only Washington, D.C., schools.

The Washington Teachers' Union Scholarship Fund (WTUSF) Luncheon and Scholarship Presentation

Thursday, July 09, 2015 | Categories:
The WTU Scholarship Fund is dedicated to encouraging D.C.'s best and brightest students to pursue careers in education and then return to D.C. Public Schools as teachers. Since 1974, the fund has awarded scholarships totaling more than $1,000,000 to over 1,000 students.

WTU Teacher Leaders’ Research Symposium 2015

Washington Teachers’ Union Teacher Leaders to present findings at Research Symposium on May 16

Monday, May 18, 2015 | Categories:
Washington Teachers' Union Teacher Leaders to present findings at Research Symposium on May 16

WTU Endorses Renee Bowser and Trayon White for Seats on the D.C. City Council

Thursday, April 02, 2015 | Categories:
After an endorsement process that included an extensive questionnaire and the interviewing of six Ward 4 candidates and seven Ward 8 candidates, the Washington Teachers' Union has voted to back Renee Bowser for the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. City Council and Trayon White for the Ward 8 seat.

A Response to DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson's New York Times’ column: "Real Respect is the Path to Great Teaching"

Monday, March 09, 2015 | Categories:
By Elizabeth A. Davis, President, Washington Teachers' Union

Our Vision for a Great DC Public School System

Saturday, February 21, 2015 | Categories:
Every child in the District of Columbia should have access to a fantastic neighborhood public school.

D.C. Public Schools Website Exposed Confidential Info About Students With Disabilities

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 | Categories:
Hundreds of internal documents accidentally sat unprotected for years until a BuzzFeed News inquiry prompted the city to lock them up. Some documents exposed private information about students with disabilities.

WTU to Recognize King Holiday With "Read Alouds" at Schools, Promotion, of "Selma" Essay Contest

Friday, January 16, 2015 | Categories:
In recognition of the King Holiday Weekend, on Friday, January 16 the Washington Teachers¡¯ Union will hold Read Alouds at several D.C. schools. WTU leaders and members will read the book ¡°Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.¡± to students at those schools...

Statement by Washington Teachers’ Union President Elizabeth Davis on the death of Marion Barry

Monday, November 24, 2014 | Categories:
"The Washington Teachers' Union joins the Washington, DC community and others in mourning the death of former mayor and Ward 8 City Councilmember Marion Barry. A friend of educators, Councilmember Barry was an advocate for strong public schools and a fierce fighter..."

WTU President Elizabeth Davis to Serve on Mayor-Elect Bowser’s Transition Team

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | Categories:
WTU President Elizabeth Davis has accepted an invitation to serve on Mayor­Elect Muriel Bowser's Education Transition Committee. She has released the following statement:

Comments by WTU President Elizabeth Davis on the "State of Our Schools"

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 | Categories:
“While we applaud those District of Columbia schools and students who have experienced modest academic gains, there continues to be a major achievement gap that has left far too many of our children behind—especially those from economically disadvantaged families..."

Washington Teachers’ Union Endorses Candidates for D.C. City Council, Attorney General and School Board

Monday, September 29, 2014 | Categories:
The Washington Teachers’ Union has endorsed Rev. Graylan Hagler (at-large); Brienne Nadeau (Ward 1); and Charles Allen (Ward 6) for seats on the District of Columbia City Council. The union’s executive board also voted unanimously to support the candidacies...

Extended Day FAQ

Sunday, September 14, 2014 | Categories:
The Washington Teachers Union (WTU) recognizes the need for varied learning opportunities for our students in the District of Columbia. If we are to improve student outcomes on the whole, we should learn from effective and progressive education practices demonstrated both at home and abroad.

Expectations High as Students Return to School

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | Categories:
‘With a new school year comes new opportunity. We must concentrate on real teaching and learning.’

AFT President Kicks-Off Back-to-School Classroom Visits in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | Categories:
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten will kick off her back-to-school visits tomorrow at Beers Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

Washington Teachers’ Union Book Fest Set This Saturday At Dorothy Height/Benning Neighborhood Library

Saturday, August 09, 2014 | Categories:
Educators and Local Leaders Will Give Away More Than 2,000 Books, Read With Children, Canvass Community With Literacy Tips and Help Students Sign Up for Library Cards

IMPACT Flaws Affect Teachers, Students and Parents

Thursday, December 26, 2013 | Categories:
Newly reported mathematical errors in the calculations of D.C. public school teachers’ IMPACT scores call the entire teacher evaluation system into question.