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FY19 Budget Engagement

FY19 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 2019 budget, you can:

  • Attend the Chancellor’s Community Forums in November and December. The format and material covered in the morning and evening sessions each month will be the same. RSVP online.
    • Tuesday, November 7 at 8:45 am at Luke C. Moore High School - 1001 Monroe Street, NE
    • Tuesday, November 7 at 6 pm at Columbia Heights Education Campus – 3103 16th Street, NW
    • Tuesday, December 12 at 8:45 am at Eastern High School – 1700 East Capitol Street, NE
    • Tuesday, December 12 at 6 pm at Savoy Elementary School – 2400 Shannon Place, SE
  • Community members testified at the Public Budget Hearing on Tuesday, November 14 at Stuart-Hobson Middle School. Watch video of the hearing.
  • Visit our DCPS Data Center.
  • Share feedback with your Local School Advisory Team (LSAT).

FY19 School Budget Development Timeline

  1. Parent and Community Input Begins (November and December)
    The Chancellor kicks off the collaborative budget development process with Monthly Chancellor Forums, Cabinets and a public hearing.
  2. Additional Parent and Community Engagement (December and January)
    DCPS invites the community to learn about and provide feedback on the budget through various channels – surveys, online forums, Chancellor’s Cabinets, and living room chats.
  3. DCPS Budget Development (February)
    DCPS develops initial budgets using projected revenue and explains how the budget will support the DCPS priorities and how it reflects feedback from students, principals and DCPS community.
  4. School Budget Allocations Published (February - March)
    Principals receive their budget allocations and construct their budgets in collaboration with LSATs and their school community.
  5. DC Budget (February - March)
    The Mayor’s Office announces revenue projections, which form the basis for the DCPS budget.
  6. Final DCPS Budget (March)
    DCPS submits final school budgets and the central office budgets to the Mayor.
  7. DC Government Budget Finalized (March)
    The Mayor presents the DC government budget to the DC Council.

FY19 Budget Engagement Community Feedback


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

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