Teacher Lobbying Raises Union’s Ire

Bill Turque:

A community group that supports D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee’s proposed salary and bonus package for teachers has hired a small group of instructors at $1,000 a week to lobby colleagues for the plan, drawing accusations from union leaders of interference with the collective bargaining process.
A spokesman for Strong Schools DC, founded in May by half a dozen local philanthropists with a history of involvement in education issues, said five public school teachers were employed “to spread the word” about Rhee’s plan. A recruiting e-mail, sent by one of the teachers, said the group was prepared to hire as many as 20 “teacher contract outreach coordinators.”
But Todd Lamb, the spokesman, said the group has decided to pull back for the moment, principally because contract talks between Rhee and the Washington Teachers’ Union have not concluded.