A Message from WTU President
Good Morning WTU Members,
Again, Happy New Year! I hope your first week back in the New Year was peaceful and productive. Today marks our 100th day of working with an expired contract from DCPS. It makes me reflect on all we have accomplished so far and where we plan to go. In our efforts to bring DCPS back to the table quickly so we can push this negotiations process that should have started months back, twenty-three members of the WTU’s Contract Bargaining team spent their summer vacation in the basement of the WTU crafting, debating, and editing 13 proposals and three Memorandums of Agreement. Beginning in June, they delivered these documents to DCPS only to receive an emailed reply of “Documents Received.” It is disappointing and disrespectful that DCPS didn’t think it was important for them to attend our first contract bargaining session on December 12th. Getting this contract done not only shows great support for our teachers but ensures stability for the education of our District of Columbia children.
We want to thank the members of the DC City Council, the DC State Board of Education and ANC Commissions for supporting our District of Columbia Public School teachers. They found time to sign petitions and speak out on our behalf because they know teachers matter to the health of this city.
We still need you to continue to come out and be loud and proud and commit to supporting all our actions. Your commitment helped us to get the last contract. Please ask your colleagues to sign our petition for safe schools? With hard work and your support, I remain optimistic about our future.
Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President
Washington Teachers’ Union
Weekly Update - WTU’s Contract Action Team
Watch the WTU’s Contract Negotiating Teams’ January 4th Update here or by clicking on picture above.
The Contract Action Team will be meeting on Wednesday, January 10th. Stay tuned Please share our petition for safe schools! We also need your beautiful photos wearing red on Fridays! Email photos to [email protected] or text them to 202-957-1782.
Results of Survey of Special Ed Educators & Related Service Providers are in!
Thank you to all the special education teachers & RSP’s who completed the survey. Click here to see the results of the Special Ed survey or on the link below.
Learn More about OSSE’s Social Emotional Learning Standards
OSSE is developing standalone Social Emotional Learning Standards to support all DC school students and staff in accordance with the Recovery to Restoration 2023-2025 Strategic Plan. RSVP for the listening session here, Draft standards here, Participate in the survey here.
Upcoming Events, Activities & Meetings
- January 8th @7PM - C.O.P.E. Meeting Join Online Meeting here
January 9th @4:30PM – Representative Assembly Join Online Meeting here
Building Reps & Delegates will receive a link to join as attendee
- January 9th @7PM – Ward 3 Ed Meeting – Boundary Assignment Process -Hear about the proposed changes to boundaries and policies and have an opportunity to ask questions and share our own views. Register in advance for this meeting here to get a Zoom link.
- January 11th @.10:30AM - Register here to testify before DC Council on School Safety and the Conflict Resolution Education Amendment
- January 20th @ Virtual Union Leadership Institute (ULI)
In the News
- 12/28/2023 – The Washington City Paper – Teachers Search for New Strategies and Supports as Migrant Students Are Enrolling in DC Public Schools
- 12/30/2023 – The Washington Post – At a D.C. school, proposed film event sparks outrage amid Israel-Gaza war
Professional Development and Other Opportunities
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