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FY18 Budget Engagement

FY18 Budget Engagement for DCPS

It is time to start the DC Public Schools annual budget development process. We use this time to reflect on our progress and assess the impact of our previous investments in our schools. We use that information to assess our current and future needs, and to help determine our priorities for the next school year as we seek to ensure we offer programs and initiatives that make our schools even better for our students and families. 

You are an important part of the budget process. We need and want to hear your thoughts and fresh ideas around how we can, together, provide an academically challenging and enriching educational experience for all our students. We hope you will take the opportunity to provide your input throughout the budget season.

We will kick off the budget season with a public hearing on November 29, 2016 at Kelly Miller Middle School (301 49th Street, NE) from 6 – 8 pm. We hope you will take the opportunity to provide feedback, either in writing or in person,

To participate this budget season, you can:

  • Testify at the Public Hearing on November 29 (more details in the link)
  • Visit our Interactive Data Center
  • Visit www.engagedcps.org to register and share your thoughts with us
  • Share feedback with your Local School Advisory Team (LSAT)

We will thoughtfully review and share your feedback with our schools and DCPS central office leadership. 

Together, we can make DCPS a school district that provides a world-class education for all students.

FY18 LSAT Budget Engagement Webinar

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, the School Funding Team, in Partnership with the Office of Family and Public Engagement, hosted a Budget Engagement webinar. To help answer questions for those who were unable to attend, we are sharing the recording and PowerPoint used.

Budget Development Timeline

1. Parent and Community Input Begins (November)
The Interim Chancellor will kick off the collaborative budget development process with a public hearing where families and community stakeholders can testify.

2. Student Engagement (December)
The Interim Chancellor hears from representatives across all high schools during a student hearing.

3. DCPS Budget Priority Setting (December - January)
The Interim Chancellor kicks off the formal budget development process and provides additional in-person and online opportunities for  feedback from families, communities, principals, and LSATs.

4. School Budget Allocations (February - March)
Principals receive their final budget allocations and construct their budgets in collaboration with LSATs and the community.

5. DC Government Budget Review (March)
The Mayor’s Office announces revenue projections, which form the basis for the DCPS budget.

6. DCPS Budget Finalized (March)
DCPS submits final school and central office budgets to the Mayor.

7. DC Government Budget Finalized (April 1)
The Mayor presents the DC government budget to the DC Council.


Contact us at [email protected] or (202) 719-6613