DC Charter School Alliance Applauds DC Council For Prioritizing Educators and Students in Budget

May 16, 2023

Washington, DC –– Following the news that the DC Council, under the leadership of Chairman Mendelson, prioritized equitable increased funding for charter school teacher salaries in its first budget vote, DC Charter School Alliance Executive Director Ariel Johnson released the following statement:

“Fairly compensating charter school educators is critical in driving the success of our children’s education and lives. We hear this directly from the passionate educators that work with our students on a daily basis. That’s why we’re grateful for Chairman Mendelson’s leadership and the Council’s support in identifying $15 million for charter school educators’ salary increases to be in line with increases provided to DCPS teachers going forward.

“We also appreciate State Superintendent of Education Christina Grant and Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn for engaging with charter leaders and recommending adjustments to ensure schools can provide educator raises at the beginning of the school year. Charter school leaders are committed to working with OSSE and PCSB to ensure all this dedicated funding is used exclusively to support educator pay increases.

“The DC Charter School Alliance and our member schools are deeply grateful to Chairman Mendelson and the entire DC Council for hearing the calls of the educators doing the work day in and day out to ensure every child receives a high-quality public education. We’re also very appreciative of Mayor Bowser, State Superintendent Grant, and Deputy Mayor for Education Kihn for their ongoing prioritization of education investments and look forward to continuing our work together to support our educators, strengthen our schools, and prepare every student for lifelong success.”

In addition to identifying $15 million in funding for charter school educator salary increases, the Council voted today to:

  • Approve Mayor Bowser’s generous proposed increase of the UPSFF by 5.05 percent;
  • Add $3.9 million for a flexible scheduling pilot program available to all public schools to provide additional time for educators to engage in professional development, continuing education, course planning, collaboration, and wellness;
  • Increase the UPSFF At-Risk Concentration weight by .02; 
  • Provide an additional $1 million to St. Coletta Special Education PCS to ensure adequate resources to better support its unique student population who need intensive specialized services.