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Mayor Muriel Bowser, union announce pay increase for D.C. teachers over next 2 years

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the teachers union announced a nine percent pay increase for D.C. teachers over the next two years. Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 (Sam Ford/ABC7)

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the teachers union on Monday announced a nine percent pay increase for teachers in D.C. covering the next two years.

Bowser was joined by DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Antwan Wilson and Washington Teachers Union (WTU) President Elizabeth Davis to make the announcement which is an agreement that adds funding to the city's education budget, according to a release from Mayor Bowser's Officer.

Under this deal, teachers salary increases will include a four percent retroactive (made effective as of a date prior to enactment) increase in 2017, a three percent increase in 2018, and two percent increase in 2019.

According to the release, the contract also calls for "collaborative engagement" between DCPS and the WTU on matters including extended school years.

In a tweet Bowser says "with this agreement, we will give our teachers their proper due and send a clear signal that we are #allinforkids."

Bowser launched the new school year for 13 D.C. schools Monday, while the semester will begin for the others on Aug. 21.

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