Elementary Winners

We'd like to congratulate our Elementary School Winners!

1st Place

Isaiah Walker, Watkins ES

2nd Place

Margot Mulgrew-Whyte, Bancroft ES

2nd Place Maiara Guilmard, Tubman ES
2nd Place Felix Mulville, Horace Mann ES
3rd Place Maya Vogt, School Within A School @Golding
3rd Place Zipporah (Zippy) Steiner, Lafayette ES
3rd Place Phoenix Gueory, Watkins ES
3rd Place Zabrin Nawal Zaihan, Marie Reed ES
3rd Place Hans Spitzer, Key ES
3rd Place Owen Perez, John Eaton ES
3rd Place Nathaniel Clauss, Key ES

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School Year 20-21 Budget

Your Voice is Needed NOW!

Help us ensure our schools receive the funding they need for next school year.

We understand that making budget choices in a pandemic economy is challenging, but city leaders should look to the Great Recession as a cautionary tale for what can happen if we reverse investments in our schools. Nationally, less funding led to worse academic outcomes and massive layoffs of school staff, consequences that would only prolong our city’s recovery. To prevent these predictable results, the mayor and D.C. Council should hold the education budget harmless by raising revenue and strategically leveraging federal support.

The DC Line published an Op-Ed from President Davis along with Alyssa Noth and Qubilah Huddleston from the DC Fiscal Policy Institute outlining our position on the School Year 20-21 Budget. We hope you’ll read it and share it widely.

These city-wide priorities can't overshadow the decisions being made at local schools, including proposed cuts to School Library Programs. The American Library Association sent this letter to Mayor Bowser and city council members, opposing proposed cuts to School Library Programs across DC Public Schools. We invite you to sign the Petition for DC School Librarians to ensure our school system is fully funded AND every DCPS student receives a rich, well-rounded education.

We’re asking for your help in Ensuring Our Teachers and Our Students have what they need to succeed in the next school year.

Please Sign Our Petition Here.

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WTU Endorses Robert White for Reelection


Contact: Joe Weedon


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Washington Teachers’ Union Endorses Robert White

for Reelection to DC Council


WASHINGTON – The Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) today announced its endorsement of Robert White in the Democratic Primary for DC City Council At-Large Seat.

“During his time on the DC Council, Robert White has stood up for stronger transparency efforts, led the charge to Save Washington Met via emergency legislation, and listened to teachers when we testified regarding the IMPACT evaluation system and its relation to high rates of teacher churn,” said WTU President, Elizabeth A. Davis. “We have worked closely with Robert White for the past 4 years and are looking forward to working with him in the future on the Council.”

The WTU announced its endorsements for Ward –based seats earlier this year, supporting:

  • DC Council, Ward 2: Jordan Grossman
  • DC Council, Ward 4: Janeese Lewis George
  • DC Council, Ward 7: Anthony Lorenzo Green
  • DC Council, Ward 8: Trayon White

“We are proud to endorse a strong group of local Progressive candidates who will work with educators to improve education and address the barriers that our students face across our great city,” Davis continued.

The WTU’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) is a member-driven committee that issued a questionnaire to candidates, conducted candidate surveys, polled WTU members, and presented its recommendations to the WTU executive committee. The WTU executive committee then presented its recommendations to the WTU Assembly where representatives voted to approve the endorsements.

"We need a government who will work for all of our students,” said Laura Fuchs, chair of the WTU’s Committee on Political Education. “The WTU believes this progressive group of candidates is willing to challenge the status quo and take a strong stand on behalf of our public school community."

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 for the DC Democratic Primary. The WTU will make endorsements for the city’s Independent at-large council seat and State Board of Education seats prior to the November general election.


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Library Contest Winners

DC Public School Library Media Specialists touch the lives of the students, teachers and community members they serve every day.

The WTU and Every Library are proud to honor the following winners for their entries into the “I Love My Library Media Specialist Award.” Their submissions help to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of these essential members of our school communities. Images and excerpts of the winning submissions will be posted to the WTU Blog.

To ensure that DCPS libraries continue to provide certified school libraries and library programming, please take a moment to sign a petition in support of this effort here:

Save School Librarians:



The judging committee, Washington Teachers Union and EveryLibrary would like to thank all students who participated in this special contest honoring DCPS library media specialists.


Middle/High School Winners


1st Place - $250.00

Dane Briscoe, 7th grade

McKinley Middle School

2nd Place - $50.00

Katherine Salmeron, 12th grade

Luke C. Moore HS

2nd Place - $50.00

Devonya Gassaway, 11th grade

Ballou HS

2nd Place - $50.00

Lissbeth Garcia-Rodriguez, 7th grade

Hart Middle School

3rd Place - $25.00

Bailey Mason, 6th grade

Eliot-Hine Middle School


Elementary School Winners


1st Place - $250.00

Isaiah Walker, 5th grade

Watkins ES

2nd Place - $50.00

Margot Mulgrew-Whyte, 2nd grade

Bancroft ES

2nd Place - $50.00

Maiara Guilmard, 5th grade

Watkins ES

2nd Place - $50.00

*Felix Mulville, 3rd grade

Horace Mann ES

3rd Place - $25.00

Maya Vogt, 5th grade

School Within A School @ Golding

3rd Place - $25.00

Ziipporah (Zippy) Steiner, 2nd grade

Lafayette ES

3rd Place - $25.00

Phoenix Gueroy, 5th grade

Watkins ES

3rd Place - $25.00

*Zabrin Nawal Zaihan, 3rd grade

Marie Reed ES

3rd Place - $25.00

Hans Spitzer, 3rd grade

Key ES

3rd Place - $25.00

Owen Perezc – 5th grade

John Eaton ES

3rd Place - $25.00

Nathaniel Clauss, 1st grade

Key ES


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Teacher Appreciation Week

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

We appreciate all that you do. We’re awed by the willingness of teachers from across the city to go the extra mile for our students during these trying times. Thank you.


WTU President, Elizabeth Davis

DCPS Chancellor, Dr. Lewis Ferebee

Councilmember, Robert White

State Board of Education President, Ruth Wattenberg


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Statement on Distance Learning & Reopening Schools

April 17, 2020

For more information contact:

Joe Weedon, 202-277-9410


Statement on Distance Learning & Reopening Schools

Earlier today, Mayor Bowser and Chancellor Ferebee announced that DC Public Schools will continue Distance Learning through Friday, May 29 at which point the 2019-2020 school year will end. The Mayor also announced that more information will be provided on May 15th about plans for summer learning and the re-opening of schools for the 2020-21 school year.

The Washington Teachers’ Union continues to believe the decision to close our schools and move to Distance Learning is in the best interests of our students, teachers and communities. Decisions on how and when to re-open our schools should continue to be led by public health officials and ensure that the health and safety of our teachers and students is the top concern.

During the move to Distance Learning, the WTU has been in continued conversations with Chancellor Ferebee and other city leaders. We have offered insight into challenges teachers and students are facing and advocated to ensure computers were distributed to students in need and that all students had access to the internet. In response to a request from Chancellor Ferebee, the WTU surveyed its members about scenarios for returning to in-person learning. With over 2,200 responses, the results were universally against returning to school early.

Washington’s teachers are dedicated public servants who are committed to their students. We’ve seen this throughout this current crisis, teachers are stepping up to turn their homes into classrooms, engaging students through unfamiliar technology, and volunteering to teach lessons that are being broadcast on local TV stations. Our teachers have many unanswered questions about what an early return to school means to their students, themselves and their families. It is contingent upon the Chancellor to work in true partnership with the Washington Teachers’ Union to answer teachers’ questions and to protect teachers’ rights as our city develops a new calendar for the 2020-21 school year.

In the coming days, we will be working to collect and share information on what these changes mean for students and teachers across the District. I will continue my conversations with the Chancellor as well as the Mayor and members of the City Council. Rest assured that your Union will be working to protect your rights.

In Solidarity.


Elizabeth Davis, President

Washington Teachers’ Union

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