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.