Thursday, March 20, 2008

Rhee predicts turnaround effort will bear fruit in two years

Chancellor Rhee believes that all of the changes the DCPS is currently undergoing will begin to bear fruit in the 2009-2010 school year.
"We're anticipating that there will be another drop in enrollment for this year," Mrs. Rhee said at a press conference at Moten Elementary School in Southeast. "I think that this will probably be the last year of that though; then we'll start to see the uptick."

Mrs. Rhee, flanked by Mr. Fenty and Deputy Mayor of Education Victor Reinoso, made the announcement while requesting $773 million from the city for the school system's 2008-09 budget, about $23 million less than in the budget this year.

Schools spokeswoman Mafara Hobson said the decrease is the result of the school system transferring functions to the Office of the State Superintendent for Education, formerly the State Education Office.

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