This update was shared with all teachers and principals regarding reopening the DCTA Master Agreement.
I am writing to you at this time to update you on a difficult financial decision we are in the process of making. Earlier today, the district requested to reopen the provisions of the DCTA Master Agreement relating to the 2020-21 salaries and benefits. Please see the formal DCTA letter here.
DPS, like many other school districts across the state and country, is facing significant revenue shortfalls for next fiscal year. We have worked hard to try and find savings and reductions that would allow us to ensure no changes to funding for schools and would not result in the loss of jobs during this time of critical community needs and high unemployment.
We understand the gravity of the financial decisions we have made over the last few months and will continue to face. We are seeking to work collaboratively with the DCTA to find a solution that addresses the unprecedented revenue shortfall in a way that is aligned with our principles and values. There is no one more committed than I am to working collaboratively to solve our financial challenges. Starting my superintendency in the middle of difficult negotiations helped shape my belief on the importance of working hard to respect and listen to each other. I was thankful that we came together last year to reach a three-year agreement. And I think we all know that there was no way to foresee the devastating impact that the COVID-19 crisis has had on our community and our nation. We look forward to working with DCTA on this conversation and reaching an agreement that gets us ready to welcome our students back in the new school year.