Great District

District of Columbia Public Schools

Washington, District of Columbia

Suggested Citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2018). District of Columbia Public Schools. Teacher Contract Database. [Data set].
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  • 99th

    largest school district
    in the country

    updated 03/12/2019**
  • $56k

    starting salary

    updated 08/27/2020
  • $116k

    max salary

    updated 08/27/2020
  • no tenure policy

    years to tenure

    updated 09/26/2017
  • 181

    days in student
    school year

    updated 02/19/2019
  • 196

    days in teacher
    school year

    updated 02/19/2019
  • 48,568


    updated 03/12/2019**
  • 4,049


    updated 03/12/2019**
  • 77%

    free/reduced lunch

    updated 03/12/2019**

Labor context

updated 12/15/2016
  • District is operating under an expired contract.
  • State requires collective bargaining by school districts if a majority of teachers vote for union representation.
  • The primary union or professional association is affiliated with AFT.

Student Demographics

updated 03/12/2019**

*N/A indicates the issue was not addressed in scope of NCTQ reviewed documents.
**School district teacher count, enrollment, and demographic data is from the 2016-2017 school year, sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics.
***Native Populations includes American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hawaiian Native students

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