By DC Charter School Alliance Staff
Last month the Council of the District of Columbia approved the FY21 budget, which includes critical funding increases for all DC students. The Council also expanded charter school access to facilities. Several of the Council’s decisions are a step in the right direction as we continue to improve the education system in Washington, D.C. so that all students receive the great education they deserve.
- Funding: We asked for at least a 2% increase to the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula foundation and an increase to the at-risk weight. The Mayor proposed and the Council approved a 3% increase to the foundation level and a small increase in the at-risk add-on weight.
- Mental Health Funding: We asked for full funding of school-based mental health programs. The budget includes more than $3.2M in funding for school-based mental health to provide these critical services to more students.
- Stabilization Funding: Adult and residential schools will be funded based on projections rather than actual enrollment for the upcoming school year, in recognition of their unique enrollment challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Collocation: Funds paid from charter schools to DCPS under new collocation agreements are directed to a DCPS collocation fund for additional programming, supplemental staff, special initiatives, school maintenance and improvement, and other activities at DCPS schools collocating with charter schools.
- Wilkinson Building: The Mayor may give the right of first offer to purchase, lease, or use the former Wilkinson Elementary School building to a charter school incubator or public charter school.
We applaud the Council members that supported these measures, and look forward to working with them to advance funding, facilities, and freedom for students and our schools when the Council returns in late September.