Monthly Archives: May 2012

LOOSE LIPS: UNION YES! JEFF THOMPSON NO?

By Alan Suderman So how did Ward 5 Councilmember-elect Kenyan McDuffie pull off such a convincing victory last night? If you were within earshot of union leaders (or on their email list) you might have heard (or read) that the strong support of organized labor made the difference. “SEIU volunteers worked to support Kenyan McDuffie [...]

ONE OF THE GREATEST LABOR VICTORIES NEVER TOLD

D.C. Labor Leaders Advocate to Restore Carry-Over Sick Leave for City Workers By Boris Chumak  This week, Nathan A. Saunders, president of the Washington Teachers’ Union joined dozens of labor leaders during a Committee of the Whole meeting in advocating to restore the number of leave hours a government employee can carry over to the [...]

CHUCK BROWN’S SCHOOL VISIT

With the recent passing of D.C.’s godfather of GoGo, Sharpe Health School remembers more than a vibrant, electric musician and performer. We remember him as a friend to people with disabilities! Last year on May 12th, 2011, Chuck Brown performed with his daughter at Sharpe Health School, the only public school in D.C. for severely [...]

WASHINGTON POST: DCPS, UNION REACH ACCORD ON TEACHER RETIREMENT

By Bill Turque It took nearly two years, but it appears that DCPS is finally prepared to comply with the early retirement provision of the contract it signed with the Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU). The 2010 collective bargaining agreement says that teachers with good evaluations and 20 years of service who lose their jobs in the annual [...]

WASHINGTON TEACHERS’ UNION AND D.C. FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION ENDORSE KENYAN MCDUFFIE FOR THE WARD 5 SEAT

By Boris Chumak Last week the Washington Teachers’ Union and the D.C. Firefighters Association held a press conference to announce their endorsement of Kenyan McDuffie for the Ward 5 seat. The endorsement serves as an indication that teachers and firefighters support Kenyan McDuffie’s plan to improve education and public safety issues impacting Ward 5 residents. [...]

DIAGNOSIS: SENIORITIS

A strange, yet predictable, phenomenon is occurring in schools across the nation. The future leaders, businessmen, and professionals of our society are undergoing a perennial bout of senioritis. You recognize the symptoms- an absence of motivation, lethargy of the brain, feigned ignorance of timelines, deadlines, and line segments. Senioritis has taken root and there is [...]

TAKE ME OUT TO THE SUMMER VACATION

Take Me Out to the…Summer Vacation It was the bottom of the fifth inning at the local little league game and the score had already risen to 15-0.  The coach of the leading team decided to call a time out and switch the pitcher after he walked the last two consecutive batters. In the previous [...]

D.C. STUDENTS NEED THOUGHTFUL APPROACH

New DCPS reform plan lacks ‘candid assessment’ of student needs By: Nathan A. Saunders D.C. public schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson recently unveiled a five-year action plan to transform and reinvigorate the District’s public education landscape. Among its goals, the plan aims to increase enrollment, improve struggling schools, raise math and reading proficiency to 70 percent, and [...]

COUNCILMEMBERS FAIL TO PASS THE MAYOR’S SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET

No additional resources for students, furlough repayments for D.C. teachers Thursday, May 03, 2012 By Boris Chumak On Tuesday, May 1, the D.C. City Council failed to pass the Mayor’s supplemental budget which included a provision to repay D.C. teachers and other city employees who were furloughed during four public holidays last year. In so [...]

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: D.C. POISED TO PAY WORKERS FOR 4 FURLOUGH DAYS

            Two weeks after unanimously rejecting a $20 million plan to repay District workers for furlough days they were forced to take last year, the D.C. Council is expected to approve a $22 million version of the proposal on Tuesday. The centerpiece of a $64million supplemental budget from Mayor Vincent [...]

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