WASHINGTON – On Monday, substitute teachers in the district protested for higher wages, benefits and professional development outside of Mayor Bowser’s office. 

“Mayor Bowser, you’ve been really disrespecting the substitute teachers. You have a large surplus in your coffers right now. It’s time to make it right.”

Bowser announced a $2 wage increase from $15.20 to $17 in mid-January following protests from substitute teachers. She later announced another raise of $20 an hour for short-term substitutes and $25 for long-term substitutes. 

“It’s more than a pay raise,” said Myrtle Washington, President of Washington Substitute Teachers United, a DC substitute teachers union. “We deserve better. We deserve respect.”

Immigration and demographics reporter Jenny Huh also contributed to this report.

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