Monday, November 10, 2008

"We have a plan... that we're changing"

In an effort to alleviate overcrowding and missing teacher Chancellor Rhee is shuffling ~$100 million of the DCPS budget.

About $88 million would align school budgets with their actual enrollment for the year, according to the school system. Schools with higher-than-expected enrollments would receive funds to hire teachers and administrators, while underenrolled schools could lose positions.

Staff members pushed out of schools with lower-than-expected enrollments would not be fired, but could be placed elsewhere in the 45,000-student system, according to district spokeswoman Dena Iverson.


In addition to the $88 million, nearly $7 million of the funds were pulled from the central office and moved to individual school budgets. About $4 million would be directed to the district’s 27 schools that are being “restructured” for failing to meet testing standards set by No Child Left Behind. Rhee said she did not anticipate losing central office staff.

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