D.C. Teachers will be Judged by Performance not Seniority Any longer

Nearly, after three years of controversial negotiations, the Washington, D.C., teachers union finally ratified a new contract last week that dilutes the strength of seniority protections and introduces a voluntary pay-for-performance program.

Union members approved the new agreement overwhelmingly in a 1,412-425 vote. The new contract includes a pay raise of 21.6 percent over five years (retroactive to the expiration of the old contract) that will raise average annual salary from $67,000 to $81,000. Philanthropic support made the generous financial package possible.

Under the new rules, principals will use job performance, as opposed to seniority, as the top criterion to make decisions about staff reductions when budget or program changes require it.

Duh! It should have been like this from day one!

Let’s hope  the new contract will lead to improved performance at D.C. schools.

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