AM Brew - Jan 29, 2024

A Message from WTU President

Good Morning WTU,

Hopefully, you enjoyed the warmer temperatures earlier this weekend! The WTU wants to congratulate KC Boyd for giving Jefferson Middle School Academy students an opportunity to engage in conversations with National Book Award Winner Dr. Ibram Kendi (author of “How to be an Anti-racist”). Thank you, K.C. Boyd, for your continuing commitment to literacy as well as inspiring and educating our children!

The WTU received good news from the Ward 3 Democrats Committee on Thursday! They unanimously passed a resolution urging Mayor Bowser and Chancellor Ferebee to negotiate a timely DCPS teacher contract. Ward 3 Democrat Delegate Elizabeth Mitchell, the initiator of the resolution, called upon DCPS and the Mayor to engage in quick negotiations so that teacher salaries can be included in the FY25 budget process. Thank you to the WTU members who attended the meeting! If you were unable to attend, please consider participating in our next contract action event. We need large numbers of teacher voices to continue to rally community support for our contract. Mayor Bowser attended this meeting, giving us the chance to ask her pointed questions. To see video recaps of the resolution’s adoption, urgency for a new contract, and questions directed at Mayor Bowser, please click on the underlined links. Additional photos are posted on the ‘photos’ page of the WTU website: Join > Photos. Again, we greatly appreciate all WTU teachers who devoted their rainy Thursday evening to speak truth to power at this important contract action event! Thank you, as well, to the new members who joined our CAT team meeting via Zoom last week.

Please remember to keep tabs on the expiration dates of your teacher certification. It is critical to make sure it remains current. Thank you, as always, for your support!

In solidarity,

Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President

Washington Teachers’ Union


Weekly Update - WTU’s Contract Action Team (CAT)

Thank you to those who showed up for last Thursday’s Contract Action event! Also, we still need your photos wearing red on Fridays and more signatures on our petition. Please encourage all to sign!


DCPS Revises Secondary Grading and Reporting Policy!

DCPS’s current secondary and reporting policy is under being revised. To offer input on what the revisions should be, click here to take a survey.


DCPS Release Five-Year Strategic Plan!

To see a copy of DCPS’ five-year strategic plan,” A Capital Commitment: 2023-2028 Strategic Plan,” click here.


FY 2025 Initial Budgets to be released soon!

Given the upcoming DCPS FY25 initial budgets, please review the LSAT newsletter to prepare the budget priorities for your school. Until the new budget is released, it is best to reference the FY24 Budget Guide. For additional resources, please check out the budget recording here. If you need support, please contact [email protected].

Upcoming Events, Activities & Meetings

  • January 31th @ 3:45 Meeting, RSP and Janice Brown Parker, REGISTRATION
  • February 6th @ 4:30 XQ Discussion, Virtual, Click here to join.
  • February 13th @7PM via Zoom, A Conversation with DC City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, REGISTRATION

In the News

Professional Development and Other Opportunities

LEA Look Forward for Jan. 26, 2024: DC STEM Fair, LEA Financial Reporting Application and More!

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