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WTU Preseident Elizabeth A. DavisWTU members ratify contract by 97%

Dear fellow members of the
Washington Teachers' Union,

Congratulations!

After five years of effort, we have reached an agreement with DCPS that was ratified tonight by 97% of members voting. Under DC law, the Council must now adopt it before it goes into effect.

With this contract, DC school administrators, under the leadership of Chancellor Antwan Wilson, are signaling their willingness to take the first step in beginning to develop a truly collaborative relationship with DC educators to ensure that all DC public school students receive the education they deserve.

Many of our members remained on the job with no pay raise for the last five years because they love their students and believe they deserve the best. They stayed despite their frustration with an administration that failed to recognize that they have an important contribution to make when it comes to developing educational programs and policies.

I think this contract is the beginning of a new day, a new relationship. It's good for students and treats educators with respect.

Negotiations for the next collective bargaining agreement will begin next spring.

We are especially eager to propose solutions for stemming the high turnover of teachers in DC and for closing the opportunity gap that is growing between the poorest and most affluent children.

Click here to see our new contract.

Again, congratulations to us all.

In Unity,

Elizabeth A. Davis
President, Washington Teachers' Union

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