WTU President Nathan Saunders: ”The Inspector General had a unique opportunity to extensively examine cheating as well as the chance to diminish an environment that encourages cheating–and he failed miserably.”  D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson released the Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on the 2010 DC CAS investigation.  WTU President said in response [...]


Dear Members: Today, D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced changes to DCPS’ Impact teacher evaluation system for the 2012-2013 school year, also known as Impact 3.0. As you may recall, the Washington Teachers’ Union has no legal right to bargain the Impact teacher evaluation system.  However, there has been constant dialogue between Chancellor [...]

The Irreplaceables Study Infographic

A new report from the New Teacher Project, a nonprofit research and training organization, titled “The Irreplaceables: Understanding the Real Retention Crisis in America’s Urban Schools.” found that schools nationwide are facing a teacher retention crisis. The report released at an event featuring U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, NEA Secretary-Treasurer Rebecca Pringle, and DC [...]

DC CAS Results Press conference 2012

The Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) President Nathan Saunders congratulates the District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) teachers on the significant 2012 D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) gains announced at a press conference yesterday in Neval Thomas Elementary School. The latest standardized test scores for D.C. public schools demonstrate that teachers are providing high-quality public [...]

AFT Delegates

A summary of recent happenings at the AFT Convention. Read the entire release here- Eighteen delegates from the Washington Teachers’ Union have traveled to Detroit for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) national convention where a series of resolutions were passed to reinforce the union’s commitment to solution-driven unionism. AFT delegates called for an end [...]

D.C. adding classrooms for special needs students Plans to overhaul primary maths are ‘seriously flawed’ Race To The Top Competition Opens To School Districts For New Grants To Close Achievement Gap Guest column: Education can’t wait until age 5

Barras: D.C. needs real parent power in education reform Special Education Services After High School Uncoordinated, Unmonitored, GAO Finds D.C. Gave Away 200,000 Condoms at Public High Schools Last Year–16 Per Student

AP Interview: Duncan on reform and back to school 299 D.C. students get private school scholarships Lanier fights for teen parent program’s funding

The D.C. Public School (DCPS) system has terminated 98 teachers who received low scores on IMPACT evaluations, the DCPS effectiveness assessment system for teachers and school-based staff. While a small percentage—less than 3 percent of the 4,100 DCPS teachers—have been terminated for poor IMPACT teacher evaluation ratings, two-thirds of all DCPS teachers are “effective.” This [...]

Henderson on Hot Seat during Ward 5 Forum | Vouchers given to 1788 D.C. public school students | DC to weaken link between test scores, teacher ratings | Federal Special Ed. Ratings Fault D.C.—Again | In DC, Save Our Schools eyes education policy

Education jargon: What ‘no excuses’ and other terms really mean | 98 D.C. teachers fired for poor performance | School Reform Impossible without a plan

Study Finds Urban Schools Often Neglect Top Teachers While Keeping Weaker Ones City Solicits Designs for Ellington School Renovation U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $27 Million to School Districts, Community Organizations for Physical Education and Nutrition Education Is a charter school chain called Rocketship ready to soar across America? Food for Thought on [...]


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