Sunday, December 03, 2006

Janey wants more cash...

...$83 million to be precise.
One day after giving a long speech about his ambitious plans for improving the schools, D.C. Superintendent Clifford B. Janey said last night that he will seek $83.5 million from the city to pay for those initiatives and several other expenditures.

As part of his plan to boost lackluster student achievement, Janey has proposed a range of changes, including year-round schools, teacher training, expanded programs for gifted and talented students, vocational education courses and 10 semiautonomous "innovative" schools.

Those programs would cost $34 million a year -- money the school system doesn't have. Other expenditures -- which would be in addition to the schools' operating budget -- would include teacher raises, restored art and music programs, and utility cost increases.
Then there's this interesting tidbit.
In addition to the money to cover that shortfall, the system will ask city officials to increase per-pupil funding by 10 percent, to $8,846, Conley-Abram said.
How, exactly, are they calculating the per-student spending? As of four years ago the Census Bureau pegged per pupil speding at over $13K a student. For 2004 the Post had reported per-pupil spending at ~$11,000 per student. Since DCPS's student population has continued to fall and its budget has continued to rise just what bucket of money is being left out of the calculation?

Update: Reader Sara has a good explanation about the funding numbers in the comment section.

2 comments:

Sara said...

They're basing the estimate on the uniform student funding formula by which funds are allocated for individual DC schools. Most clearly, it's the funding formula for how much charter schools receive per pupil from the DC government (not including their facility allowance). THe formula does not include spending for Tcapital or facilities expenses, central administration, state level functions, etc.

For FY2007 the Uniform Per Student Formula Foundation level is $8002 per student, according to the State Education Office, which offers recommendations to the Mayor and Council for adjusting the formula every year. Adding 10% to that would get you a result close to Janey's comment.

Anonymous said...

What are the odds that this will actually happen?