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Washington Teachers Union Elects Elizabeth Davis As President

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D.C. teachers have elected a new president: Elizabeth Davis, who has promised to more aggressively represent them with D.C. Public Schools management.

Davis won 55 percent of the vote in the Washington Teachers Union elections, beating out Nathan Saunders. She's worked as a teacher for 39 years in seven D.C. schools and has been a long-time union activist.

Davis says teachers have told her they want the union to be more actively involved in issues around education reform. She says the recent school closings were a missed opportunity.

"They wanted to see the union support communities to stop the school closings to keep neighborhood schools," Davis says. "But our union was silent on the issue. Public schools closing down, charters opening. We're losing teachers and students to charters."

Saunders ran three years ago on a similar platform, but when in office toned down his rhetoric and became far less fiery. Saunders attributed his loss to dealing with "a very sensitive community of teachers during a very challenging time."


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