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D.C. Council confirms two new charter school board members (Washington Post) How mad are some teachers? This mad (Washington Post) Hardy Middle School principal retires (Washington Post) Did Arne Duncan rebrand ‘no excuse’ school reform? (Washington Post) Tougher Requirements Ahead for Teacher Prep (Education Week) D.C. needs full accounting of charter schools (Washington Post)   […]


Washington Teachers’ Union Cites Flaws in Proposed DCPS Employee Drug Policy

Union calls for proper supervisor training and reasonable suspicion protocol Last month, the DC Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report on District of Columbia agencies’ implementation of the District’s Mandatory Employee Drug and Alcohol Testing (MEDAT) policy. MEDAT was adopted in 2004, but according to the OIG, the implementation and application of […]


2013 WTU Runoff Election Timeline

6/28/13: All heads of slates (Saunders & Davis) must submit the names of their approved observers to Each slate may submit up to five (5) observers by the deadline of 5:00 p.m. on 6/28/13. None will be accepted after this date and time. 7/1/13: Ballots must be received at the Brookland US Post Office by 5:00 […]


Mayor Gray’s Education Announcement

Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us to talk about where I plan to lead the District next as we move urgently forward with implementing education reform in a way that is successful and sustainable. I want to thank our education leaders with us here today – including the DC Councilmembers in attendance. Chairman Mendelson […]


WTU Leadership Affects National Common Core Debate

This week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that states and districts implementing the Common Core Standards may have up to an extra year before they are required to connect the standardized tests to teacher evaluations. Decisions to grant the extra time will be made on a state-by-state basis. The Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU), the […]


ALERT: False Information ABOUT “fake” debate being circulated

THIS IS YET ANOTHER ATTEMPT, BY INDIVIDUALS, TO MISINFORM AND MISLEAD OUR MEMBERS   Today, the Washington Teachers’ Union learned that false information is being circulated to WTU members stating that a “debate” has been scheduled for June 19, 2013 beginning at 5:00 PM at McKinley Tech High School. The information was distributed with the WTU […]


Election Runoff Ballots Mailed To Members

The Washington Teachers’ Union Elections Committee has authorized that ballots for the runoff election be mailed on Friday, June 14, 2013. The election held on June 7, 2013 resulted in a runoff between current President Nathan A. Saunders and Elizabeth A. Davis. According to the WTU Constitution, a candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the […]

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WTU Accused of Being Shady in First Election

Recently, there have been a myriad of allegations made against the Washington Teachers’ Union elections process that may cause confusion amongst WTU members. Here is a clarification on a few of the key points that have been raised.   1. The WTU elections process is not a secret. WTU members were notified through a variety of […]


Saunders, Gray and Henderson Successfully Restore Jobs For 19 Excessed Teachers

DCPS Teacher Part-Timers Will be Full-Timers Following negotiations with DCPS, Washington Teachers’ Union President Nathan A. Saunders announces that 19 teachers who had previously received excessing notices, will be moved into new positions.     WTU President Nathan A. Saunders says: “Retaining jobs for 19 excessed WTU members represents our ongoing efforts to help teachers […]

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Today’s Union City: WTU Says Proposed DC Education “Reforms” Veil Attack on Public Sector Workers

Following recent proposals for education reform legislation by DC Mayor Vincent Gray and Councilmember David Catania, Washington Teachers’ Union President Nathan Saunders earlier this week promised that “Any legislation that unfairly targets teachers or contains anti-teacher and anti-union provisions will be challenged.” Saunders warned that while “the legislation purports to bestow increased authority onto principals,” […]


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