D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) wants to give the city’s schools more money next year, raising the basic allocation for each student from $9,124 to $9,306.
The 2 percent raise in per-pupil funding, which is the main source of dollars for both traditional and charter schools, would match the two-percent increase that schools received this year.
“This funding will help undergird our efforts to continue improving our public schools and preparing our residents to compete in the emerging economy,” Gray said in a statement.
Gray’s office couldn't immediately supply an estimate for the total cost of the increase in per-pupil funding. (This year’s 2 percent hike was budgeted at $86 million, but that was before officials knew how many students actually enrolled.) The impact on individual schools won’t be clear until later this year, when school-level budget allocations are released.
But, unsurprisingly, Chancellor Kaya Henderson and D.C. Public Charter School Board Executive Director Scott Pearson hailed the mayor’s move as an important and needed investment for the city’s 80,000 students.