Washington, DC – The DC Charter School Alliance applauds the Council of the District of Columbia’s support for students following the Council’s first vote to approve the FY22 Budget, which includes a historic increase in funding for education, particularly students designated as at-risk of falling behind, as well as Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4 and adult students. The budget builds on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 2022 budget proposal that called for increasing investments in education.
The Council has committed to increasing the Universal Per Student Funding Formula by 3.6% and providing new supplemental funding increases for at-risk over-age high school students and English Language Learners. School-based mental health funding will increase so that all schools, including 63 schools that previously did not have a city-provided clinician, will have access to one. The budget also will include critical funding for charter school facilities, including a 3.1% annual increase starting in FY24, which will ensure a stable and sustainable funding source for schools.
The Council also committed $10.2 million in one-time stabilization funding for early childhood, adult and residential charter schools that have been hit hardest by the pandemic. The FY22 budget will also fund previously passed legislation that better supports students with dyslexia and those whose medical conditions require home- and hospital-based instruction.
“The budget is an essential component of COVID-19 recovery, and we are pleased that the Council and Mayor Bowser have made a strong investment in DC children’s futures,” said Shannon Hodge, Founding Executive Director of the DC Charter School Alliance. “Approving the budget with these important, targeted funding measures will help ensure that the city’s recovery is equitable and that students receive the education they deserve.”
The DC Charter School Alliance, along with the leaders of the 66 nonprofit public charter schools that serve nearly half of all DC public school students, has consistently advocated for increased funding for students to ensure education equity, high-quality schools, and safe reopening for in-person learning.
Hodge continued, “We are grateful for Chairman Mendelson’s leadership and the Council’s comprehensive approach to supporting students’ needs, from increasing funding for academics and facilities to expanding access to critical mental health supports. We look forward to continuing to work with the Council to strengthen DC’s public education system.”
The second and final vote on the Local Budget Act is scheduled for August 3, and the second and final vote on the Budget Support Act is scheduled for August 10.