Mayor Bowser Makes Historic Investment In DC Public Education
April 5, 2017
In case you missed the news yesterday, Mayor Bowser announced her Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, which I am proud to say represents the largest investment ever in public education in the District: $1.58 billion for DC’s public schools. This budget helps meet the needs of our growing student population with a $105 million funding increase for the city’s public schools, as well as a 1.5 percent increase in the amount spent per public school student.
This is wonderful news for DCPS, as we will continue eight years of increased investments to our schools, including new investments for middle and high school students. This budget—and the additional $25 million going directly to schools—is reflective of what DCPS wants for its young people. These investments include new offerings in our middle schools like computer science classes and lacrosse; college and career investments like more internships and college tours; additional supports for our over-age, under-credited students; new schools and programming at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, MacFarland Middle School, and Van Ness Elementary School; and Reign, our new initiative to empower young women of color.
These new funds in the Mayor’s budget reflect a continued interest in DCPS. As the leader of this district, I’m proud to see that more families are choosing DCPS, and that the Mayor is ensuring that we will be prepared to meet our anticipated enrollment growth.
The Mayor is also investing in school buildings across the city. This budget contains an unprecedented investment of more than $3 billion to modernize and update our school buildings, because students deserve to learn in a world-class environment with access to updated classroom facilities, new playgrounds, gym, art, and theater spaces, and more.
Finally, highlighting the importance of early learning, Mayor Bowser’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal also includes a $15.3 million investment in child care across the District over the next three years. This initiative will provide:
• 1,300 additional infant and toddler seats;
• Three new sites in District-owned buildings that will be leased to private child care providers to provide affordable, accessible, and high-quality care; and
• Support to 300 DC residents to gain certification as educators for infants and toddlers.
Join Chancellor Wilson at an upcoming meeting in your ward:
Thursday, April 6 at Turner ES
3264 Stanton Road, SE • Ward 8
Tuesday, April 11 at Eastern HS
1700 East Capitol Street, NE • Ward 6
Thursday, April 13 at Columbia Heights EC
3101 16th Street, NW • Ward 1
Monday, April 24 at SWW @ Francis-Stevens
2425 N Street, NW • Ward 2
All sessions will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Light dinner and childcare will be provided. Please RVSP!
Learn more on the DCPS website.