Thursday, June 8, 2006


Teachers Approve Contract

Members of the Washington Teachers' Union have overwhelmingly approved a contract that would give them a 10 percent raise over two years, the union said yesterday.

The proposal also would establish pilot programs enabling teachers at 10 schools to earn bonuses tied to student performance and teachers at 10 schools to opt out of certain union and school system rules.

Teachers approved the contract on Tuesday by a vote of 2,573 to 523. The agreement will now go before the D.C. Board of Education.

-- V. Dion Haynes

2nd Commencement at Eastern

Officials at Eastern Senior High on Capitol Hill yesterday held a second graduation ceremony to accommodate more than 60 relatives of graduates who were unable to attend the first commencement because the school printed too many tickets, a D.C. schools spokeswoman said.

The first event was held at 10 a.m. in a 750-seat auditorium at Gallaudet University. But Eastern officials apparently printed 680 tickets, not taking into account that the 136 graduates also would need seats.

School officials hastily scheduled the second commencement for noon in the same auditorium for the 25 students whose relatives could not get into the first event, said spokeswoman Leonie Campbell. "We apologize for any disruption. We are conducting an investigation to find out what happened," she said.

Superintendent Clifford B. Janey said it was possible that some counterfeit tickets had been created.

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