Rhee, Teachers' Union Strike Deal

DC Schools Chancellor finally works out deal with teachers' union

By Andy Salsman
|  Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010  |  Updated 6:53 PM EDT
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City, Teachers Finally Reach Contract

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WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 02: Washington DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee speaks during the Characters Unite National Town Hall at the NEWSEUM on December 2, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

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City, Teachers Finally Reach Contract

After almost three years of negotiations, the city and the teachers union reached a sweeping new contract providing big raises, but allowing poor teachers to be fired.
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Two years of tedious negotiations might have finally paid off for the Washington Teachers’ Union.

It said it’s reached a tentative deal on a new contract with the District. D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee will announce the terms of that deal today.

“Although it was a long, sometimes difficult process, it was the right process to go through,” Rhee told the Washington Post.

The new contract will give teachers a raise of more than 20 percent over five years. The money for those raises will come from more than $60 million from a group of private organizations. Teachers will also be able to earn bonuses if their students perform well.

Rhee will have more freedom to decide which teachers to fire and which teachers to retain, if some schools are forced to be closed because of budget cuts or declines in enrollment.

The members of the teachers’ union and the D.C. Council must still vote to approve the contract.

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