AM Brew - March 6, 2023

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Monday, February 27, 2023



Contract Town Hall

Share your input for the next CBA at Ward 3 Town Hall

  • March 7th Deal MS, 4:30-6:00 pm.

Current CBA is here: PR25-0063-Introduction.pdf (dccouncil.gov)
The end of the document has the new salary scale

Please join us at an upcoming Contract Town Hall to tell us what you and your school community would like to see in the next CBA.

School Budgets

Many schools are not receiving sufficient funding in their school budgets. Please get your community involved!

There is a form you can fill out on the Mayor's Budget Engagement webpage: https://mayor.dc.gov/page/2023-budget-engagement-forums. Providing comments in the education section is very quick and easy to do. If you're looking for inspiration, suggested language is below: 

Our community's elementary, middle and high schools are facing deep cuts under the Mayor's proposed budget. The cuts can only be addressed through the elimination of staff, and this is coming at a time when our schools are already stressed to meet the needs of students. Please address the shortfall and fully fund all DCPS schools.

You can submit written testimony to past and future budget hearings by emailing [email protected], or record a statement (up to 3 minutes long) via voicemail by calling 202-430-6948 - written and recorded statements for the Feb. 24th hearing on the DCPS budget will be made part of the official record for the hearing and will be accepted until 5pm on Friday March 10.

There are also additional Council oversight meetings scheduled on April 5th -- you can find more details at https://chairmanmendelson.com/testify. You can still submit written testimony for the hearing that was held on 3/1 and there is still time to register to testify live for the 4/5 hearing (click here: Committee Hearing Signup: Education) You can also email the chancellor and copy your Ward and At-Large Councilmembers and encourage them to fully find DCPS. Click here for contact information.

You can find your proposed budget at https://DCPSbudget.com. Thanks to volunteer analysts, and advocates, here are the schools budgets in a workable format.

Admin Premium Pay

A change in the admin premium rates started on February 8th and some teachers are not being paid the correct rate for admin premium. The matter is being worked on by DCPS Human Resources and OCTO to confirm which Payroll codes for teachers didn’t process correctly and making those changes. Once that is completed, there’ll be a plan as how to pay out the rate difference. Please keep track of your admin premium hours.


Survey for School Psychologists

School Psychologist Job Retention Ideas survey: https://forms.gle/TL8E5oG47mbuEamw6


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Upcoming events

Shared Vision - March 25th

8am – 3pm, at Kimball Elementary School

Keynote address by AFT President Randi Weingarten, Sessions on math, reading, retirement, DC + XQ, licensing, Teacher Leaders, former DCPS investigator, and more. This is event is open to teachers, parents and community members.

The registration link for Shared Vision is open and available here: https://www.wtulocal6.net/2023_shared_vision_conference


COPE -Monday, March 6 @ 7 pm

Join via zoom. 


Meeting to Discuss OSSE’s draft social studies standards - Tuesday, March 7 @ 6 pm

Join via zoom.

The proposed standards are available here: Washington, DC grades k-12 social studies standards


Council Hearings on Education

Thank you to all those who testified before the Council of the Whole on school budgets. Links to those hearings are available here:

There is another opportunity to testify on April 5th - - Committee Hearing Signup: Education (google.com)

The Ward 2 Education Council is holding a special meeting next Wednesday, March 8 at 7 pm.

Register HERE to attend the meeting on Zoom. Advance registration is required. 

Our only topic of discussion at this special meeting will be plans to survey families in the Cardozo feeder pattern in order to understand their views on middle school in center city. This survey is related to the city's plans to build a new DCPS middle school at 800 Euclid Street NW. Please join us if you represent a school in the Cardozo feeder pattern or if you have an interest in middle schools in W2EC. 


Professional Development

March 10th District-led PD will be offered virtually and remotely for most participants. A small select group of content/program areas will be in-person due to the nature of their content.

Download the WTU PD Flyer by clicking here.


PD and other opportunities from OSSE

LEA Look Forward for March 3, 2023: Spring 2023 Literacy Convening, Health & PE Assessments, and More! (mailchi.mp)



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