Foundations Would Help Fund D.C. Teachers' Contract
Signaling the endgame in a fractious and nationally watched negotiation, officials of the District of Columbia schools and the local teachers’ union agreed to a tentative contract that includes a voluntary individual performance-pay program to be financed largely by private foundations.
The arrangement is believed to be the first of its kind in the country, with four foundations committing nearly $65 million in total for the performance-based compensation. In all, the contract would cost an additional $140 million.
Under the proposal, which will likely go to the Washington Teachers' Union membership for ratification this month, teachers would earn more than 20 percent in retroactive pay and in new...
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