Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Can DCPS afford the Master Education Plan?

That's the question Mike Rupert asks over at the Washington Examiner.
Principals across the city were wondering how they can support fully implementing the new plan when it could mean less instructional materials, equipment and training for classrooms in the short term.

School Board Member Victor Reinoso, who represents Wards 3 and 4, said he is concerned because of the short time available for discussion about passing a budget before knowing which reform efforts will take top priority.

The board is not expected to approve the Master Education Plan for another three weeks.

D.C. Council Member Kathy Patterson, D-Ward 3, who chairs the council's education committee, said the system should save millions as it begins to consolidate schools. She said she will work closely with DCPS to ensure the system can self-fund the plan.

The council, already considering a $1.8 billion package for facilities, would be hard pressed to give the system any more money because enrollment continues to decline, she said.

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