« Muddle in the Middle | Main | More Union Money for Hillary »

WTU sues DCPS

The saga between the Washington Teachers' Union and District of Columbia public schools took another interesting turn last week.

WTU filed a lawsuit against the school system over the dismissal of more than 70 probationary (nontenured) teachers. The union seeks to restore these teachers to employment.

George Parker, the president of the union, said the district dismissed these teachers even though they were meeting the expectations of their probationary period, thus the dismissals violated due process guaranteed educators as part of the current contract.

The lawsuit is illuminating, given the state of current contract negotiations, which hinge on a two-tiered plan for compensating teachers. Under the "green" tier, teachers would agree to give up tenure for the opportunity to earn performance bonuses. They would have to win their principals' approval to regain tenure.

Mr. Parker is a proponent for instituting a grievance process for green-tier teachers to prevent against arbitrary dismissals under this system.

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog

Advertisement

Most Viewed on Education Week

Categories

Archives

Recent Comments

  • lauren: cell phones are what kids crave on they need a read more
  • enjoyjd: One of the most frustrating things for me, when my read more
  • marty: I was once a superb teacher. Students loved me, parents read more
  • J. S. Gephardt: I totally agree that teachers should be evaluated on a read more
  • Lisa: Senority... most parents want their children in a seasoned teachers read more