Yesterday, Mayor Bowser released her Fiscal Year 2022 (school year 2021-2022) budget. Join the WTU on June 2 on the steps of the Wilson Building to #FundOurFuture and support DCPS Librarians and call for small class sizes and the adoption of co-teaching and collaborative teaching models to help our students recover from the pandemic.
For education, the Mayor’s budget proposal includes a 3.6% increase in the base amount of the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula, plus increased weights for English Language Learners and At-Risk Students. The Mayor’s budget also establishes new microtransit routes to provide students at 20+ elementary, middle, and high schools Safe Passage areas in Wards 7 & 8 and an $8 million increase for school-based mental health services. We also applaud the Mayor’s investments in affordable housing and direct economic supports to residents who have been hit hardest by the pandemic.
Despite increases to the education budget, the funds have not made their way into our schools. May schools are struggling to maintain current staffing levels and will be unable to do more for our students. Rather than invest in teachers, the Mayor is proposing to spend $13m for "high-impact tutoring." Initial budget analysis also reveal an explosion of the central office budget.
Join the WTU on June 2 on the steps of the Wilson Building to #FundOurFuture and support DCPS Librarians. Please wear #RedForED!
You can read the Mayor's press release and see highlights of the budget proposal here. Slides from Mayor's office's budget presentation are available here.
Reminder: WTU Offices will be closed on Monday, May 31.