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8 comments

  1. Angelique Kwabenah · · Reply

    I feel that it is a shame that 26 million dollars that could be used to benefit the students of the District of Columbia Public Schools is going to be used for other purposes. If we truly want to put children first, the DC City Council needs to support DCPS fully, not just with lip service but by providing us with the financial resources that we need to operate effectively.

  2. In response to the article in today’s Washington Examiner “D.C. Poised to Pay Workers for 4 Furlough Days”, I couldn’t be any more in agreement with Jocelyn Williams, president of the Washington Council of the AFL-CIO who stated “To fail to give these people the money is to legitimize government-sanctioned robbery.”
    To allow the government to take money from workers by simply stating they need it is outrageous. It is especially ridiculous that, after discovering the furlough was unnecessary, the city council had the nerve to even consider not repaying the ill-gotten monies they received.

  3. irisdenisep · · Reply

    In response to the City Council voting not to pay city workers for the furlough days, it is atrocious. After reports came out that in actuality the city budget had a surplus and repaying the workers would not deplete the surplus; it is ludicrous not to pay the workers. Let us not forget that in most jurisdictions when employees are furloughed, they do NOT work. Some committed employees of DC Gov’t worked on furlough days. PAY THEM ALL FOUR DAYS.

  4. Audrey Donaldson Baugh · · Reply

    This is simply ridiculous!! The city has a huge surplus of money that is partially due to the furlough days. I feel like I was charge $1,000.00 parking ticket for absolutely no reason. GIVE THE MONEY BACK!!!

  5. Olivia C · · Reply

    I think that this whole argument is pretty cut and dry: the money is there, repay the people who it was denied from. Teachers work hard everyday and I guarantee a lot of them spend around $1000.00/year on their students anyways. Happy as some of us may be to give what we can to our students, it’d be nice to feel respected and valued by our city that we are educating day in and day out.

  6. A. Parker · · Reply

    In response to the article in today’s Washington Examiner “D.C. Poised to Pay Workers for 4 Furlough Days”, I couldn’t be any more in agreement with Jocelyn Williams, president of the Washington Council of the AFL-CIO who stated “To fail to give these people the money is to legitimize government-sanctioned robbery.” I don’t understand how money can be taken because it was said it was “needed” and then there has to be a vote about how to use the money they shouldn’t even have to vote on in the first place. It’s like being robbed, and the police finding your money but saying, “oh, you don’t really need this money, so we are going to vote on a “better” way to use YOUR money.” Happy Teacher’s Appreciation Week to us ALL.

  7. Angela · · Reply

    Are the refusal to refund pay and the excessive lay-offs really about money or a bigger picture? May not want to term it a conspiracy but it’s hard not to look at the massive changes in a short period of time and wonder how things are connected…

  8. Is this the final response or will this be revisited?

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