Some education activists said the move to give Wilson more autonomy could spark complaints of unequal treatment from schools in other parts of the city.If this move spurs other public schools to press for more autonomy it may go a long way to forcing DCPS to get its administrative house in order.
"I wouldn't want the race card being played between schools east of the [Anacostia] river and west of" Rock Creek Park, said Darlene Allen, president of the D.C. PTA. Tensions could erupt "if the superintendent establishes no criteria spelling out how schools could get this," she said.
The city's base allocation is $8,550 per high school student. But Wilson gets $5,444, according to Nicole K. Conley, the school system's director of resource allocation and management. The rest of the money stays at the central office for such administrative services as security, human resources, procurement and maintenance, she said.UPDATE: More in the Common Denominator.