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Parents and retired teachers are planning to protest Friday morning outside a D.C. middle school during a visit by newly confirmed Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Washington Teachers' Union President Elizabeth Davis told News4's Tom Sherwood the union will hold a parent and teacher "vigil" at Jefferson Middle School Academy in Southwest at 9 a.m., when DeVos is expected to visit.
Newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected to visit Jefferson Middle School Academy, a D.C. public school, on Friday morning, where she will speak to teachers.
Her visit to Jefferson, which is located in Southwest D.C., was confirmed Thursday night by city officials and Elizabeth Davis, head of the Washington Teachers’ Union. The U.S. Department of Education only said the visit would be closed to the press.
Teachers in D.C. public schools will welcome a new chancellor in February. But before that happens, the Washington Teachers’ Union and the school system want to settle a years-long dispute over teachers’ pay.
In a letter sent yesterday afternoon to David Grosso, chair of the D.C. Council Committee on Education, the head of the Washington Teacher’s Union is crying foul on the process by which Mayor Muriel Bowser chose the District’s new schools chief Antwan Wilson, whom she introduced at a hastily convened press conference on Nov. 22—less than an hour after she informed a statutory review panel of her selection.
Mayor Muriel Bowser’s search for a new D.C. Public Schools chancellor was billed as a nationwide endeavor with no specific time schedule, an abiding respect for community engagement, and adherence to the “letter of the law.”
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser could have chosen an insider to be the next chief of D.C. Public Schools, someone steeped in the personalities and policies of the past nine years that ushered in sweeping changes and turned the nation’s capital into a closely watched experiment in urban education reform.
After six years as head of D.C. Public Schools, Kaya Henderson steps down Friday, claiming she’s turned around a troubled school system.
Less than a mile from the Congress Heights Metro and the Maryland line, Malcolm X Elementary School is quiet on the Friday afternoon before Labor Day. A few parents walk their children up the steep hill from Mississippi Avenue in Southeast, past half-million-dollar homes with two-car garages under construction across the street, toward humble garden apartments, aged apartment complexes, and weathered bungalows in Ward 8, where half of all children live in poverty.
Maya Cunningham wants her music students at J.C. Nalle Elementary School to experience sounds and culture not traditionally found in the school’s Marshall Heights neighborhood.
So she is headed to Botswana.
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser said she will name a new D.C. Public Schools chancellor by mid-October, an unusually short timetable that has the teachers union concerned that the mayor is rushing the national search or has already picked a successor.
It’s a hotly debated issue: Are teachers’ unions forces for good or evil?
As an educator, I cannot convey just how critical my union membership is to my job security and satisfaction. No matter what some outside of education say, union representation allows me to focus on student learning and grow professionally. If you can try to put aside your prior experiences and thoughts on teachers’ unions for one moment, I want to tell you how the union has made me a better teacher.
WTU featured in The Washington Informer 2016 Back to School Supplement.
The Washington Teachers' Union recently held a press conference in protest of Wal-Mart and the founding Walton family for their financial support of the privatization of D.C. charter schools and their monetary neglect of the city's public schools.
Retail giant Walmart is running a back-to-school promotion this summer, encouraging customers to nominate their favorite teachers to win school supplies and a $490 gift card — the estimated amount public school teachers spend out of pocket each year on their classrooms.
Hundreds of new DC teachers joined the Washington Teachers Union yesterday at the annual DCPS New Teacher Orientation. "There's a lot of interest by new teachers in the union," said Cheryl Miller, a longtime special ed teacher who's been involved in the union for many years, during a rare lull in the daylong event at the Columbia Heights Education Campus on 16th Street. "They have a lot of questions about what we offer as a union, the benefits, teacher support, and the union contract. I always tell them the most important thing is that 'You are the union,' and urge them to get involved to make sure their voice is heard." An impressive 83% of the 472 attendees joined the union, WTU reports. The union also donated 150 extra bag lunches to the DC Central Kitchen. In a related story, the Teachers Union and Making Change at Walmart will join elected officials and other supporters of public education at a press conference this morning to call attention to the way the Walton family and Walmart are short-changing Washington, DC’s students (see calendar, above; you can also catch WTU General Vice President Jacqueline Pogue Lyons on WPFW 89.3 FM this morning at 9:30a; click here to hear the archived show).
In 2007, Michelle Rhee took over as chancellor of the District of Columbia public school system. In part because her policies were radical, and in part because she expressed her views in an abrasive fashion, and in part because she worked in a major media center, Rhee became the face of education reform, and, consequently, the number-one enemy of teacher unions. Rhee imposed sweeping reforms to introduce measurement and accountability into the schools, including a controversial new teaching contract, which gave every teacher a 20 percent raise, and allowed them to become eligible for large performance bonuses if they gave up the tenure protections that made it difficult to fire them.
It’s been five years since self-styled education reformer Michelle Rhee left her job as head of the District of Columbia Public Schools under a cloud of bitterness and controversy, but she is still throwing shade over the Washington city school system.
Teachers from Thomson Elementary School and other schools in Ward 2 rallied Monday to demand that District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and Chancellor Kaya Henderson resume contract negotiations with the Washington Teachers' Union.
Alex McKeithen teaches music at Deal Middle School in northwest Washington. He says it’s ironic that this week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Deal is a school often touted by Mayor Muriel Bowser as an example of what middle schools should be. McKeithen says that Deal is a great school and he loves his job.
May 2-6 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. However, teachers who work for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) are not feeling very appreciated.
When you enter Marissa McGee's classroom, the first thing you notice is her connection with her students. They're delighted by her enthusiasm, they pick up on her sarcasm, and they often double over with giggles when she makes a joke.
The Washington Teachers Union clinched a long-sought victory in its fight against the D.C. Public Schools’ teacher evaluation system, albeit a minor one on procedural grounds.