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Updated September 16, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good pay decent benefits always have days off" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Professional development opportunities were unparalleled" (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Central Office is NOT customer service oriented" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance is he'd to achieve" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Amazing work-life balance. Nobody in my team worked more than 8 hours a day.
    Great and transparent pay. This is true for any DCPS position.

    Coworkers are very nice and seem to care about serving DC students.

    Cons

    Certain teams have white supremacist tendencies. They only hire people in their race and have similar upbringings. Kind of ironic in a school district that mostly serves Black students, but this is not unique. Public Charter School Board and OSSE seem to have the same issue.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye out for certain hiring managers that only hire their own. They're a disgrace to DCPS and should be fired.

    Besides that, I love working here.


  2. "Counselor"

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    Former Employee - Counselor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Counselor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, and students!

    Cons

    Some Unprofessional colleagues and some favoritism among staff

  3. "High autonomy where most teachers need guidance"

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    Current Employee - Elementary ESL Teacher
    Current Employee - Elementary ESL Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Creative license
    - Genuinely rewarding every day
    - Great compensation

    Cons

    - Different programs every year, unable to apply with fidelity
    - High stakes with little control


  4. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is a lot of support for teacher as well as plenty of supplies.

    Cons

    Special education teachers have a lot of paperwork.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time.


  5. "Educator Middle School"

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    Former Employee - Librarian in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Librarian in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DC Public Schools (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Having good principal was key

    Cons

    Long hours. Lots of programs never followed. No supplies. Budget poor. Salary very low for experience. Disorganized and disconnects. No teacher input as a team.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to teachers. Work like you care about children not just an administrator. Be progressive. Stop living by test scores. Streamline ordering of books and materials. Raise salaries to be competitive. Be transparent.


  6. "passion meets opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - excellent work environement
    - no micro managing
    - freedom to make program decisons
    - great team work

    Cons

    There are no Cons but that depends on who you ask


  7. "Data Driven at cost to young people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to make a differencein a young person's life, teaching staff focused on helping all students

    Cons

    too data driven--quantitative data with no qualitativfe data; yound people are not data points yet numbers drive everything that goes on outside the classroom, and in many classrooms as well

    Advice to Management

    remember the human side of this endeavour

  8. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great/passionate people, really engaging work, awesome company culture, great location (right off the Red Line), lots of opportunities to make connections with folks

    Cons

    Some evening/weekend commitments, little room for growth, low salary


  9. "Overworked, Poor Resources, Disorganization"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits: that's it....

    Cons

    Long hours, no planning time, no lunch, unrealistic data expectations, stressful unnecessary evaluation tool, petty administrators who play favorites. High turnover rate everywhere. Disorganization. Poor resources. No consequences for children with bad behavior. Too many teachers walking out or quitting because of overcrowded/out of control classrooms with no teacher's aides. SPED department in each school is understaffed and ill-equipped to handle their caseload.

    Advice to Management

    Adhere to the contracted hours for planning and lunch times. Do away with L.E.A.P. It is ineffective and useless. Coaches only serve as micromanagers, barely demonstrating or teaching anything.


  10. "Wonderful Mission, Oblivious Senior Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and Competitive Benefits

    Cons

    Poor communication which leads to great people spinning their wheels rather than doing their jobs

    Advice to Management

    There is a significant gap in theory and reality. Take more time to understand the work your staff in schools are doing and they support they require


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