The Washington Teachers Union says it is taking to the airwaves this week to promote what it calls the "bold and progressive" proposed contract it submitted earlier this month to D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. The radio spots will be accompanied by a new website.
"We know we have presented a comprehensive and reform-minded proposal that will help D.C. public school students flourish, while being fair and supportive of teachers, WTU president George Parker said in a statement this afternoon.
Parker has yet to describe in any detail what the proposal offers, and the statement did nothing to shed new light. AFT President Randi Weingarten, whose staff helped to draft the proposal, has said it will include ideas for performance pay and a system for dismissing ineffective teachers that is both expedient and fair.
The statement said that the first radio ad features the voices of two current DCPS teachers and "highlights the need for innovative and collaborative solutions to fix education in Washington."
By Bill Turque