Washington, DC – Today, as Mayor Muriel Bowser announced historic funding in DC public education, the DC Charter School Alliance applauded her support for students as the city continues to ensure investments in education to advance equity and that students fully recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
Mayor Bowser has committed her support to increasing the Universal Per Student Funding Formula by 5.9 percent and ensuring that every school will have access to a school-based mental health clinician. Mayor Bowser also announced a new $36 million recovery fund, which will be available to both charter schools and DCPS based on enrollment, to ensure that schools remain stable as they continue to weather the challenges from the pandemic.
“We applaud Mayor Bowser for taking the first steps in prioritizing students in the budget. We’re encouraged by her announcement of historic increases in public education and for supporting continued, increased, and equitable investments in our students,” said DC Charter School Alliance Founding Executive Director Shannon Hodge. “We’re grateful to the Mayor for her leadership in the budget process thus far, and encourage her and the DC Council to continue thinking boldly about the future of public education in our city, including investing in retention and recruitment strategies such as educator housing incentives. We know we all share the same goal of building a truly equitable system that provides a high-quality education for all our students, and we’re ready to work alongside the Mayor and DC Council to make sure we safely provide the education our students deserve.”
The DC Charter School Alliance, which advocates on behalf of public charter schools which educate nearly half the District’s students, has been working alongside the Bowser Administration and the Council of the District of Columbia to ensure adequate funding, including to support special student populations and to ensure school-based behavioral health resources reach students. In a letter addressed to Mayor Bowser and Deputy Mayor Paul Kihn, DC Charter School Alliance Founding Executive Director Shannon Hodge urged the administration and DC Council to increase education funding in the 2023 budget.
You can read the full text of the letter here.