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Updated March 22, 2017
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  1. "custodian maintenance RW5 Sp10 closure"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    to have the satisfaction of cleaning up after five hundred children plus staff and to have skill set you can get the job done

    Cons

    permission to work overtime on special cleaning teachers do not knowhow to leave on time during the week aftercare programs out though the building

    Advice to Management

    to always be neutral it is lonely up top.We all know things change I have something would make a difference if you bring back not fired but retired principal to be consultants


  2. "More Money, More Problems; but I love it!"

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    Current Employee - 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    DCPS offers a great salary based on years of experience and level of education. Teachers get salary increases based on being effective teachers in the IMPACT evaluation system. After years of being effective you can receive less observations through the L.I.F.T. System

    Cons

    • though you are compensated greatly, certain schools are under-funded, under-resource and kids need strong teachers you can persist in the face of adversity and keep it moving.


  3. "Regional Manager"

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    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    being able to serve the students

    Cons

    to be determined at a later date


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  5. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Working with great colleagues, good pay relative to other districts, investments in education by the central office

    Cons

    Teacher evaluation system seems more punitive than development-based and a source of unnecessary anxiety, mixed results with school leadership


  6. "Proceed With Caution"

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    Former Employee - Special Executive Director Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Special Executive Director Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The students at DCPS are great and I was able to learn a lot from my amazing colleagues.

    Cons

    The administration is very "top down." Teachers are regularly abused physically by students and emotionally by administrators.

    Advice to Management

    Use the resources that you have in your teachers and give your students what they need.


  7. "With high pay comes high stress."

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Heavy investment in professional development. Finally establishing consistency of curriculum and expectations, with a shift towards national standards. Plenty of opportunity to take leadership roles in and out of your building.

    Cons

    Priorities and directives change frequently from year-to-year and sometimes feel like unfunded mandates. There is too much emphasis on testing; while data is valuable, the time spent in formal assessment severely challenges actual instructional time. There is not equitable investment in infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    Stop ignoring the challenges of teachers in schools that are not Title I. The extreme discrepancy between compensation for "highly effective" teachers in Title I schools vs. not is downright disrespectful.


  8. "Powell Elementary School, DCPS"

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

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bilingual education and dedicated teachers

    Cons

    Negative administration that does not offer fair or constructive support

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your teachers more


  9. "Special Education Teacher and Case Manager"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Washington, DC

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with children and molding their potential.

    Cons

    Limitations in support and resources.

    Advice to Management

    I would love to become a Special Education Coordinator or Assistant Principal.


  10. "DC Public Schools does not respect its employees."

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    Former Employee - Social Worker in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Social Worker in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    I Loved working with the children and making a difference in their lives.

    Cons

    Administration has no desire to help children.

    Advice to Management

    Drop the bogus theme "Children First". All of the money goes to administration salaries and not the schools.


  11. "Attendant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DC Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    Experience the children the work hours

    Cons

    Broke down buses when the parents not home to get there kids

    Advice to Management

    Ok



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