Dear District of Columbia Public Schools Community:
Since being named Chancellor of DC Public Schools, I have had the opportunity to visit schools in every Ward in the District of Columbia and to meet with students, teachers, principals, and communities. I’ve been impressed with what I have seen—from students engaged in their learning and extra-curricular activities, to high-quality teaching. I’ve also heard your passion for our students and commitment to their growth and success.
This year will be the 8th consecutive year of increased funding for schools, with an additional $25 million being allocated in school budgets. Our investments over the last several years include:
- $17.5 million in music, art, world language, physical education, and other courses in elementary schools;
- $12.7 million in elective courses, more core curriculum offerings, excursions and enrichment opportunities, and social and emotional services in middle schools; and
- $14.5 million in expanding AP courses, extra-curriculars, athletics, and career academies in high-wage, high-growth fields such as engineering, hospitality, and technology.
- $14.6 in extending the school year at 11 schools, new programming to support Males of Color, and supporting overage, undercredited students.
The FY18 budget will maintain these earlier investments and continue to cover rising costs so schools can continue to serve students at a comparable level to previous years.
As you review your schools’ budget, you may see a change from last year. The vast majority of the changes are due to enrollment changes. Because our budgets are a direct product of student enrollment, when enrollment increases or decreases at a specific school, the budget will follow. If you have any questions about your specific budget, please reach out to the school funding team and your Instructional Superintendent.
DCPS will continue to be a place where we prepare all students for college, career, and beyond. We are committed to putting our resources where they are needed most, and will be working tirelessly to close the achievement gap. We are ready to support your school communities in building a budget that works for your school next year, and I am excited to join you in this work.