AM Brew - Oct 10, 2023


Good Morning, WTU Members!

I hope you had a peaceful and relaxing long weekend and a Happy Indigenous People’s Day! WTU hopes you will find time this fall to enjoy and celebrate the full history and diversity of Native and Indigenous perspectives with your students.

On Wednesday, Oct. 4th, the WTU, AFT, New Republic, and DC Public Library jointly launched our first Banned Book event at MLK Jr. Library. We passed out banned books for free and spoke to the press about the dangers of book banning. Look out for more banned books and literacy events this fall!

As you know, WTU’s contract with DCPS expired on September 30th. Our Contract Negotiating Team did not meet this week because DCPS only responded to our proposal for ground rules. They have yet to respond to our three MOAs, 13 contract proposals, and dates for coming to the table to negotiate.

To help us in getting DCPS to come to the bargaining table, we urge all teachers to first and foremost Sign our School Safety Petition, post it on social media, and send it to community supporters. As of Oct. 8th, 888 individuals have signed it. Our goal is to get every DCPS teacher and as many community members as possible to sign our petition no later than November 1st.  Here are additional ways you can show your support:

  • Sign up to testify October 17th @5:30PM at the Public Session of the State Board of Education (SBOE).
  • Join the Contract Action Team.
  • Sign up to pass out petitions and free books at Teachers Voice Festival – Oct. 15th
  • Wear our new Campaign button and Red For Ed on Fridays!
  • Send your wonderful Red for Ed photos to [email protected]

Thank you, as always, for your support! I wish you a wonderful week.

In solidarity, 

Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President
Washington Teachers’ Union


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UPCOMING Events, Activities & Meetings

October 10: Representative Assembly Meeting @4:30PM (Virtual) Passcode: 068162: INFORMATION

October 11: Ward 2 Education Council Meeting @7PM (Virtual): INFORMATION

October 12: Ward 4 Education Alliance (Virtual): Email for link INFORMATION

October 12: Testify on Bill 25-218 “Work Order Integrity Amendment Act” (Virtual): INFORMATION

October 14: In-person Volunteer @Teachers Voice Festival: INFORMATION

October 17: Ward 3 Ed Network District's Boundary & Student Assignment Process (Virtual): INFORMATION

October 17: Ward 6 Public School Parents Organization @7-8:30PM (Virtual): INFORMATION

October 18: Testify at Public Hearing @State Board of Education @5:30PM (Virtual): INFORMATION

October 23: In-Person Retirement Session: INFORMATION


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