The D.C. public schools system laid off 413 teachers and staff Friday for failing meet expectations in its teacher-evaluation system or falling short of other requirements.
D.C. Schools Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson said she will review union concerns about the teacher-evaluation policy instituted by former Chancellor Michelle Rhee, though she insisted that evaluations themselves are not on the negotiating table.
The new president of the Washington Teachers' Union promised a "progressive" administration rather than a "reactionary" one, and said his No. 1 priority is to protect members' job security.
As their colleagues in New York City and suburban Washington face salary freezes, furloughs and layoffs, D.C. teachers on Wednesday approved a $140 million contract that grants them raises retroactive to 2007.