DC Teachers Contract Close to Completion

After several weeks of back and forth, DC officials say they’ve found a way to pay for a $140 million deal with city teachers. The contract appeared to be in trouble last month when DC Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi refused to ratify the contract until Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee raised nearly $64 million in public money. Until now, the Mayor had come up $10.7 million short. Fenty, Rhee and Gandhi say they’ve devised a $38.8 million package of budget cuts to close the funding gap in the contract.

Gandhi wouldn’t ratify the previous contract because much of the money was from private contributions, which had several conditions that seemed too onerous. About half of the package will come from federal funds and the rest will come from school programs such as after-school programs, and a math intervention program for the middle schools. The deal, if approved, would give DC teachers a 20-percent raise over the next five years.

Take a listen to my reports and let me know what you think!

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