Washington Teachers' Union President Elizabeth Davis has urged federal officials to ensure that any guidance or regulations related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) "is workable in America's classrooms and supportive of our educators."
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.
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.
Contract negotiations continue to be the WTU’s top priority. As a result of my outreach to
Chancellor Henderson at the start of the school year, the WTU and DCPS have agreed to
move negotiations forward with the help of a mediator.
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.
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.
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.
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...
"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..."
“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..."
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...
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.