The Washington Teachers' Union advocates for funding and education policies to ensure that ALL students - regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, zip code, or luck in a school lottery - receive world class educational opportunities that empower them to fulfill their limitless potential.

The success of our schools - and our teachers - is the direct result of the policies and funding priorities managed by DCPS and put into place by the lawmakers of Washington, D.C. Join us by working on committees that put students & teachers first.

The WTU Executive Committee has established the following committees to engage members to lead our work.  Please contact the committee chair for more information on the committee's roles and responsibilities and/or sign up to join a committee here to GET INVOLVED.

Committee on Political Education (C.O.P.E.)

2024 Endorsements

The Washington Teachers’ Union established the Committee on Political Education (WTU-COPE) to lead our political activities. Contributions to COPE are strictly voluntary, but most WTU members sign up for a program through which each pay period $1 automatically goes to WTU-COPE. Time and again, when teachers speak up together, and are persistent, lawmakers listen.

That the "Washington Teachers' Union has endorsed:

For City Council, the WTU endorses:

  • City Council, At-Large: Robert White
  • City Council, Ward 4: Janeese Lewis George
  • City Council, Ward 7: Eboni-Rose Thompson
  • City Council, Ward 8: Trayon White

Chair: Michael Donaldson ([email protected])

Meets the 1st Monday of each month Virtual @7-8pm (see AM Brew for Zoom link) First Meeting - Sept. 11th due to Labor Day Weekend

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee creates, updates and monitors communications out of the WTU as well as works with other committees to develop policies that govern communications on social media accounts and discussion groups. We aim to create a united voice.  It is the job of the Communications Committee to reach out to members in a timely manner and find new ways to engage new members across the District. This committee to open to all members of the WTU.

Chair: WTU President Jacqueline Pogue Lyons ([email protected])

Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month @ 4:30pm


Legislative Committee

The wide variety of issues that DCPS teachers deal with on a daily basis – from increasing class sizes, inadequate support for students and having our school budgets cut – are all directly impacted by the policies the lawmakers of Washington, D.C. put into place.

Join us as we pursue education policies to ensure that all students receive world class educational opportunities that empower them to fulfill their limitless potential.

Chair: Regina Bell, Vice President WTU ([email protected]) (pictured left) 

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month @ 4:30pm


Organizing Committee

The Organizing Committee helps to recruit and organize WTU members. Contact: Mike Roland ([email protected]) Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month @ 5:00pm

IMPACT Committee

The IMPACT Committee continues to gather feedback from different stakeholder groups, and academic research data regarding the validity and fairness of IMPACT's rating system compared to other evaluation systems. Our membership perceives that IMPACT creates an unhealthy environment of distrust, fear, and competitiveness in schools that trickles down into the classroom. This spring, our goal is to come to a consensus on alternatives measures of evaluation and/or specific ways in which IMPACT can be improved. Contact: Regina Bell ([email protected])

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