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Monday, August 14, 2023
This week, I hope you join me in welcoming all our new District Educators to the District of Columbia Public. Teachers are a vital resource to the health and the well-being our city. We want to formally welcome and celebrate them on Thursday, August 17th at WTU’s Meet and Greet from 4-7PM on the Rooftop Terrace of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library. Please spread the word and let all new DCPS teachers know about this important event! Let’s all pledge to give them the support they need as they start their teaching journey in the District. We wish them luck and an enjoyable New Educator Orientation this week.
City Administrator Kevin Donahue sent WTU the attached notice regarding the payment timeline for "hard to fill" positions and other payments outlined in our current contract. Click here.
The WTU will continue pressing the District for specific details on the exact date in September when educators can expect their stipends and “hard to fill” position bonuses outlined in our current contract. If you have any questions, please contact your Field Representative.
Back to School
WTU geared up for back to school by giving a free book of choice and a Kona Ice to every child at the Ward 7 Back-to-School event this past Saturday! We’d like to thank Eboni-Rose Thompson, Ward 7 Representative and President of the DC State Board of Education for hosting and inviting us to this fun and exciting event.
Below please find the dates for future back-to-school events. Please feel free to join us and/or contact Mike Roland if you would like to volunteer with the WTU!
4th Annual Ward 5 Back-to-School Supply Drive & Giveaway
Saturday, August 26th, 2023 10-2PM, Brookland Middle School
DCPS Back-to-School Block Party
Saturday, September 23rd, 2023, 11-2PM, McKinley Technology High School
WTU's Contract Negotiating Team's Weekly Video Update
https://youtu.be/El3kw52ckBU or click picture
Watch previous weekly updates here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVsAq4LiCU_mjtJrOcqtlw0_yWg4LxvhE
Several teachers reached out about their July 28 summer paycheck. dcps compensation said, ‘Employees made two different salaries for SY 22-23. Employees must calculate summer pay based on the SPC contribution at both rates and then add that together to get their summer pay.’ Please contact Compensation, DCPS [email protected] with any questions about your summer pay.
IMPACT results are available in QuickBase.
Reach out to your field representative if you have any questions or concerns about your IMPACT report. Field Representatives - WTU Local 6 The deadline to file an IMPACT grievance is Sept 1.
In the news
- Teacher resignations in some D.C.-area school districts rise again – The Washington Post
- Where DC's dual language schools are - DC Schools Analysis
Financial Literacy standards
OSSE is developing standalone Financial Literacy standards for DC high school students.
Enrollment for the Sick Leave and Maternity Leave Banks is OPEN
Join the WTU Sick Leave and Maternity Leave Banks. If you are already a member, there is no need to rejoin.
Contact Charmaine Wilks at 202 517-1475 or at [email protected] to enroll or with any questions. Open enrollment will occur from June 1, 2023 through August 31, 2023. After you complete the form, you will receive a confirmation email from Google Forms; be sure to check your spam folder.
AM Brew News and Notices are archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.
Join Chancellor Ferebee - on August 16th from 6-7pm
Ward 4 Ed Alliance August 17 at 6pm
Agenda - Start of school, updates on master plan or boundary process, safe passage, and student safety.
Via Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87806344402
Meeting ID: 878 0634 4402
AFT’s American Educator
LEA Look Forward:
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