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Mayor Gray Announces Charter School Facilities Allotment Will Be Fully Funded Locally in Fiscal Year 2013 and Beyond

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mayor Gray Announces Charter School Facilities Allotment Will Be Fully Funded Locally in Fiscal Year 2013 and Beyond

Move Frees up $7 Million in Federal Funds to Meet Other Charter Priorities

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Deputy Mayor for Education De’Shawn Wright announced this evening that the Fiscal Year 2013 facilities allocation for DC Public Charter Schools will be fully funded, using local funds, at the $3,000-per-pupil level. He also committed to funding the facilities allotment entirely with local funds for future years as well. The announcement came during the annual meeting of the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools.

“Ensuring that all DC public school students have access to a high-quality education has been a top priority of my administration. Part of this commitment is ensuring that the learning environment for our students is stimulating and conducive to academic achievement,” Mayor Gray said. “I am thrilled to make this public investment in our children’s future and grateful for the continued strong partnership with the US Department of Education and the District’s public charter school community.”

In recent years, the District has relied on “tri-sector” funds from the US Department of Education, paid directly to the DC government, to support a portion of the charter facilities allotment. By solely using local funds to cover the per-pupil allotment, approximately $7 million in federal funds can be used to support other charter needs.

“The Mayor's commitment to supporting and improving the quality of our public charter school system has been demonstrated yet again by this investment,” said Deputy Mayor Wright. “We hope that these additional resources will bolster our efforts to provide high-quality educational options for all students in the District of Columbia.”

The leader of the District’s charter school system thanked Mayor Gray and Deputy Mayor Wright for dedicating more resources to students.

“DC charter schools rely on the $3,000 allotment for their school facilities, and so keeping the funding level at or above $3,000 is extremely important,” said Scott Pearson, Executive Director of the DC Public Charter School Board. “We are pleased that Mayor Gray and Deputy Mayor Wright are committing local funds in support of tens of thousands of DC children attending public charter schools.”

Dr. Ramona Edelin, Executive Director of the DC Association of Chartered Public Schools, underscored the importance of securing local funds for the entire facilities allotment. “The best way to support charter efforts to secure quality education facilities is to assure lenders of the stability of the facilities allowance, which is achieved by the District government’s commitment to fully and locally funding the facilities allotment,” she said. “This is a wonderful and welcome announcement on behalf of DC Public Charter Schools and the students of the District of Columbia. The support of Mayor Gray and Deputy Mayor Wright is truly commendable.”