WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

DCPS, Teachers' Union Gear Up For Contract Negotiations

Play associated audio

 

Negotiations are set to begin next week between District of Columbia Public Schools officials and the union representing the system’s teachers. Talks that led to the previous teachers’ contract took nearly three years and required a mediator.

Neither side wants to see that happen again. But The Washington Examiner reports that the teacher evaluation tool known as "IMPACT" could be a sticking point in negotiations. Under IMPACT, as much as 50 percent of teachers’ ratings are tied to their students’ test scores.

Schools officials say they don’t expect to bargain over IMPACT. But Washington Teachers’ Union President Nathan Saunders says he’ll be seeking changes to the system. The previous contract increased teacher salaries by 20 percent during a period of five years and implemented a pay-for-performance program.

 

NPR

'Daisy Is An Animal': Jennifer Jason Leigh On Her Comeback In 'The Hateful Eight'

Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is back in the spotlight with an Oscar nomination for her role as a murderous woman in the movie The Hateful Eight. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with her about being cast by Quentin Tarantino.
NPR

Buy Crop Insurance, Double Your Money

The nation's crop insurance program is really a lottery, says one prominent economist. And it's rigged so that farmers win. In fact, farmers typically get back double the money they pay for premiums.
NPR

South Carolina Voters Likely To Play Major Role In Sorting Out GOP Race

The next big Republican primary is just over a week from now in South Carolina, which has a strong track record for picking the eventual winner. The state also has a history of dirty politics.
NPR

Do You Like Me? Swiping Leads To Spike In Online Dating For Young Adults

A study by the Pew Research Center finds the use of online dating sites has mushroomed in the past few years, particularly among 18- to 24-year-olds.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.