Charter Leaders Commit to Using 100% WTU Equivalent Funding for Educator Compensation

Feb 9, 2023

Dear Mayor Bowser and Deputy Mayor Kihn:

The public charter school community thanks you for your continued engagement regarding an equitable funding payment for public charter school educators on the heels of the WTU contract. We have heard clearly your commitment to provide equivalent funding, covering both retroactive and future costs, and that you value the hard work that public charter educators do to support and stabilize our community.

We’ve also heard there are concerns about how public charter schools will spend these additional resources. Public charter schools have consistently provided raises and bonuses to educators over the last three years. All public school educators deserve to be compensated fairly–full stop. Public charter school leaders are committed to using 100% of the equivalent contract funding exclusively to increase compensation for our educators. 

It’s no secret that educator retention is the most challenging it’s ever been in our city. At a time when our schools are actively engaged in recruitment and retention activities for school year 2023-24, it is crucial our schools have clarity from the city as soon as possible on the timeline and details for equivalent funding. This would allow us to  incorporate these funds into the educator compensation packages we offer to keep and attract the best educators in our schools. Alternatively, if the response to our educators’ hard work, long hours, and emotional labor results in our inability to fairly compensate them, the city risks pushing more educators out of the profession entirely. That impacts the entire public education sector.

It shouldn’t matter if a family chooses a charter or traditional school to serve their student’s needs. And educators shouldn’t be penalized for choosing to work in the public charter sector. We are committed to working together to do everything we can to value and support educators as they make sure students are receiving the high quality education they deserve. We look forward to continuing our collaboration to make sure every educator has what they need to help our students succeed.


Ariel Johnson, Executive Director, DC Charter School Alliance

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