New contract between DC schools and teacher’s union gives raises

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The deal includes a 12% raise over four years, paid benefits and a 4% retention bonus.

WASHINGTON — D.C. teachers could soon start to see more competitive salaries over the next few years due to a tentative contract agreement reached between the teacher’s union and city leaders, according to a Wednesday announcement from Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The mayor said that DC Public Schools (DCPS) and WTU leadership reached the tentative agreement for the more than 5,000 educators across the school system.

“Today, we are proud to reach an agreement that delivers robust back pay in recognition of the tireless efforts and sacrifice our teachers have made over the past three years,” Mayor Bowser said. “With a 12% increase in salary over four years and a 4% retention bonus, this agreement provides our educators with competitive raises that will help the District to retain and attract the best talent for our schools.”

The agreement would not only boost moral with better pay and benefits, but the mayor says it will also reflect the respect the District has for teachers and the work they do for D.C.’s students. But, she says the work will only continue as government works closely to with local schools, teachers, and students.

The next steps for the tentative agreement, that the mayor calls fair to teachers and good for students, would be for WTU members to vote on the agreement and it be sent to Council of D.C. in December for approval.

“We reached a tentative agreement with the district for the first time in three years,” WTU posted on Twitter. “We’d like to thank our members and community across the city for your tireless support.” 

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