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Budget Engagement

FY20 Budget Engagement for DCPS

DC Public schools has a new five-year strategic plan for 2017-2022 called A Capital Commitment. In shaping this plan, we heard from more than 4,500 students, parents, educators, and community members. Their ideas and feedback will guide our work as we strive to become a district of both excellence and equity – a place where every family feels welcome and every child is given the opportunities and support they need to thrive. In order for A Capital Commitment to see results, we must ensure that our funding reflects the plan’s values, strategic priorities, and goals.

Just as you were with the formation of the strategic plan, DCPS stakeholders are a key part of the budget process. We need and want to hear your thoughts around how we can, together, ensure that every school guarantees that students reach their full potential through rigorous and joyful learning experiences provided in a nurturing environment. We hope you will take the opportunity to provide your input throughout the budget season.

To provide input on DCPS’s fiscal year 2020 budget, you can:


FY20 School Budget Development Timeline

  1. Parent and Community Input Begins (November and December)
    The Chancellor kicks off the collaborative budget development process with Chancellor Forums, Advisory Boards, a student budget hearing, and a public budget hearing.
  2. Additional Parent and Community Engagement (January)
    DCPS invites the community to learn about and provide feedback on the budget through various channels – surveys, online forums, Chancellor’s Advisory Boards, and LSAT Community Forums.
  3. School Budget Allocations (February - March)
    DCPS develops initial budgets using projected revenue and enrollment support. Principals receive their budget allocations and construct their budgets in collaboration with LSATs and their school community.
  4. Final DCPS Budget (March)
    DCPS submits final school budgets and the central office budgets to the Mayor.
  5. DC Government Budget Finalized (March)
    The Mayor presents the DC government budget to the DC Council.


FY20 Budget Engagement Community Feedback




Contact us at [email protected] or (202) 442-5112

Learn more about how school budgets are determined by watching our video on YouTube.