Washington Post reporter, Bill Turque today summarized the new WTU Teachers Contract approved ovewhelmingly by teachers in the vote tallied yesterday, and reported some reactions to the agreement. Only Randi Weingarten was honest enough to accurately characterize the agreement. Far from being a model for the country, the WTU agreement is a very traditional, "industrial" style contract, said Weingarten. "At the end of the day, this is still one of the industrial model contracts where a lot of the authority is reposed in the chancellor herself," said Weingarten, adding that the union was able to incorporate checks and balances into the contract that lend more transparency to Rhee's power. The aggregeous proposals to take away due process and impose a two-tiered salary structure put forward a year ago by the Chancellor were all eliminated. Commitments to professional development and joint engagement on evaluation and discipline, insisted upon by the union are new. So the AFT and the WTU made the best of a conflict-ridden, punitive approach being taken in the city. Other comments by Rhee, by Kate Walsh and by both Parker and Saunders seemed like pure wishful thinking and spin in comparison. Teachers voted for the much needed 21% pay increase, which by the way, only brings DCPS teachers up to par with surrounding suburban jurisdictions.