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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Announces Continued Increase in Funding for Public Education in District

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Announces Continued Increase in Funding for Public Education in District

Per Student Funding Formula to Increase 2 Percent for Fiscal Year 2014 Budget

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Interim Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Leonard announced today that Mayor Gray’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget would again increase per-student funding for public education. In the budget, the school-based allocations for DC Public Schools (DCPS) and DC Public Charter Schools (PCS) campuses will be predicated on a two-percent increase in the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula (UPSFF), the mechanism by which the District funds both DCPS and PCS. With this critical investment, the UPSFF will increase from $9,124 to $9,306.

The increase follows a two-percent increase that the Mayor included in the Fiscal Year 2013 UPSFF.

“As I said in my State of the District Address last week, we must continue to invest in the future not only of our children, but also the District’s economy,” Mayor Gray said. “This funding will help undergird our efforts to continue improving our public schools and preparing our residents to compete in the emerging economy.”

UPSFF is a system for allocating funding for school operating expenses that begins with a foundation (base amount for each student) and is augmented with percentage increases to accommodate the increased costs required to address various student needs (such as special education and instruction for students whose first language is not English).

“The Mayor is continuing to demonstrate his support for improving our public-education system by making this investment in our future,” said Interim Deputy Mayor Leonard. “These additional funds will help our growing public-education system as it prepares our children and youth for the workforce.”

DCPS school-based allocations for the Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget will be released later in the year.

The leaders of the District’s public-education systems thanked Mayor Gray for dedicating more resources to students.

“It takes resources to create and sustain high-quality schools. We are pleased that Mayor Gray has once again demonstrated his support for a high-quality public education for all DC children,” said Scott Pearson, Executive Director of the DC Public Charter School Board.

“I am incredibly grateful to Mayor Gray for his consistent belief in and support for DCPS, and this budget increase is no exception,” said DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson. “These increased resources will help support our students, our teachers and our principals.”