Washington’s Teachers’ Contract

The New York Times

June 13, 2010


New D.C. teachers’ contract acknowledges that teachers are not interchangeable and allows high-performing teachers to opt into a performance-based pay system and potentially earn more than $140,000.


Teachers’ unions around the country are realizing that they can either participate in shaping reforms or have others’ reforms forced upon them. The latest example comes from Washington, where the union has wisely negotiated and ratified a contract that gives the city greater leeway to pay, promote or fire teachers based on performance.
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