This morning, teachers at George Washington High School staged a walk in to demonstrate their support of the DCTA Bargaining Team’s efforts to get a fair contract that guarantees supports for students and respects teachers across the District.
With the DCTA Contract set to expire on Thursday, August 31, there are still many important issues on the table, including whole child supports, such as: requiring a full-time nurse and mental health professional in every DPS school, mandatory recess for all students, fresh fruits and vegetables, health and sexual education, lower classroom sizes, requirements for DPS to provide sufficient instructional materials, and a moratorium on Co-location and new charters on DPS property, as well as issues around teacher workload, such as salary and benefits, improvements to the evaluation system, and protection of self-directed planning time.
This is the first action taken by teachers at a school, but several more schools are also planning action as the final week of bargaining begins on Monday. We will be providing updates on other actions as they occur. If your school is doing an action, or would like to participate in an action, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, there are only two more days of bargaining scheduled, the first is on Monday, and the last is on Thursday, August 31. We encourage all teachers and community members to attend these sessions to show support for a fair contract. Our students’ learning environments are our working conditions, and the DCTA Bargaining Team is committed to winning a contract that improves both. Both sessions begin at 8am and are scheduled to go until at least 8pm, at the DPS Acoma Campus (1617 S Acoma St).