Sunday, June 7, 2009

President Parker's Message 06.07.09

Contract negotiations are on-going. The Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) is still in the process of preparing a membership update to be mailed to the homes of all members. Although we could not complete the update in time to mail to all members last week as promised, the update will be mailed to all members this week.

DCPS BUDGET 2009-2010
The DC Council has restored $24.5 million dollars of the $27.5 million that had been withheld from the DC Public Schools (DCPS) fiscal 2010 budget request. Although the $24.5 million restoration is $3 million dollars less than what was requested by DCPS, DCPS has informed the WTU that the $3 million dollar reduction will not result in any loss of teaching positions.

WTU Building Representatives who have not yet submitted your local school election results are requested to do so immediately. Please contact Tonia Pollard at the WTU office at (202) 293-8600 if you need assistance.

Teachers on the 90-Day plan who have not yet received your final structured observation are requested to contact your WTU Field Representative.

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