Washington, DC – Following the release of Mayor Bowser’s 2022 budget, DC Charter School Alliance Founding Executive Director Shannon Hodge released the following statement:
“We applaud Mayor Bowser for taking the first steps toward prioritizing education funding in the budget. While we’re encouraged by announced increases, an education budget that meets the moment is critical as we move further into recovery.
“As we continue to expand our in-person offerings to students, we’re disappointed that the budget doesn’t include any increases for the facilities funding allotment to ensure our school buildings are safe and well-maintained. More than half of charter school leaders are unable to cover all facilities costs with charter facilities funding at the current allotment level. That’s why the next budget must increase the facilities allotment for charter schools by 3.1 percent to mirror the average of new school construction costs.
“As the DC Council works to approve the budget, we hope they will build on Mayor Bowser’s proposal and increase the UPSFF foundation formula by 4 percent, fully fund the at-risk and English Language Learner weights to the levels recommended by the 2013 adequacy study to ensure schools have the resources they need to support their most vulnerable students, and maintain the Mayor’s commitment to fully fund the expansion of DC DBH’s school-based mental health program.
“We appreciate Mayor Bowser’s leadership and transparency in the budget process thus far, and we know we all have the same goal: to build a truly equitable system that provides an education for our students. We look forward to working together to make sure our students receive the education they deserve.”