(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Lewis Ferebee announced that daily substitute teachers, those serving less than 30 days in a school year, will receive an increase of compensation. Daily rates for substitute teachers will increase from $121.50/day ($15.20/hour) to $136.00/day ($17.00/hour). The new compensation rate will also be in place for the 2022-2023 School Year.
“Substitutes are an important part of our DCPS team of educators. As we work together to maximize opportunities for in-person learning, we know the critical role substitutes play in supporting both students and teachers,” said Mayor Bowser. “With this increase in pay, we’re focused on bolstering supports for schools and creating pathways for educators to become long-term substitutes.”
Today’s announcement follows several investments by DCPS to strengthen the pool of substitute teachers who support our schools. At the start of School Year 2021-2022, DCPS increased compensation for long-term substitute teachers, those who work 30 or more consecutive instructional days in one or a series of assignments. DCPS also increased compensation for DCPS retirees who return as long-term substitute teachers and offers a signing bonus to retirees who serve at least 90 consecutive days.
“DCPS values the contributions of our substitute teachers and their important role in the success our school programs,” said Chancellor Lewis Ferebee. “This compensation increase will allow DCPS to retain our valuable educators and continue to compete with neighboring school districts to recruit more substitute teachers and continue to provide quality instruction.”