Friday, March 10, 2006

Parents, administrators worried about budgets

The ink hasn't even dried on the newly passed billion dollar facilities bill for DCPS yet there are already worries about funding shortages in the next school year.
Schools Superintendent Clifford Janey was already chided by Board of Education members last week for turning in school-by-school allocations less than 24 hours before the board was expected to approve the operating budget. Janey canceled a hearing scheduled for last night, saying he is "committed to increasing the allocation to individual schools and ... exploring and assessing strategies to accomplish this commitment."

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Several school board members said JaneyƂ’s plan is punishing "successful" schools in order to create incentives for poor-performing schools. Janey said decreased enrollment citywide is forcing DCPS to make "tough decisions" as it works to implement the recently released Master Education Plan.

Sefsaf said Stoddert, which is well above capacity, is slated to lose $63,000. This could mean students lose their arts program.

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