This photo was taken the day WTU President George Parker and D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee announced a tentative contract for teachers. Now, D.C.'s chief financial officer is not expected to certify the contract amid reports that funding for teacher's salaries must be "unconditional."
By Kavitha Cardoza
The head of the Washington Teacher's Union says it's "profoundly troubling" that D.C's Chief Financial Officer will not certify the new tentative teacher contract.
George Parker says during three years of what he calls "tough and protracted" negotiations, union leaders were repeatedly told the city has the money to fund the teacher contract. Reports now suggest the city may not have the funds without money from private foundations.
But that money comes with strings attached, including a stipulation that the funds can be withdrawn if Chancellor Michelle Rhee is no longer head of the D.C.'s public schools.
The city's Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi is not expected to certify the contract, because according to reports, the funding for teacher's salaries must be "unconditional." The WTU had asked that the contract be certified by the CFO before it's members vote on it. Gandhi and Rhee are expected testify before the city council on Friday.