Public education from pre-k through grade 12 in the District of Columbia is offered through two systems: DC Public Schools and DC public charter schools. Both receive basic funding based on student enrollment, but the systems differ in how money flows to individual schools and how much autonomy each school has in spending decisions.
DC’s public school system is funded through a number of revenue sources, including local, federal, and private funding streams. These schools get most of their resources from local funds, with the amount determined by the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula (UPSFF) and enrollment levels. This formula is used to set the total local funding allocated to DC Public Schools and to each public charter school LEA, which can be an individual school or a cluster of schools if the charter school has more than one campus.
In FY 2014, some $1.3 billion in local dollars were allocated through the UPSFF to DCPS and public charter schools.
For more information, see: DC School Finance Primer.
DCFPI is launching a new series of issue briefs on the role our public schools can play in delivering key services – beyond classroom instruction – to help children living in poverty. The series takes a look at the non-classroom services and supports already being provided for children in high-poverty schools, and how the District […]
Testimony of Soumya Bhat, Education Finance and Policy Analyst, At the Public Hearing on B20-723, Special Education Student Rights Act of 2014
May 1st, 2014
Testimony Of Soumya Bhat, Education Finance And Policy Analyst, At the Oversight Hearing On the Proposed Fiscal Year 2015 Budget of the Office of State Superintendent of Education, Non-Public Tuition, Special Education Transportation, and District of Columbia Public Charter School Payments
April 16th, 2014
Testimony of Soumya Bhat, Education Finance and Policy Analyst, At the Oversight Hearing on The Proposed Fiscal Year 2015 Budget of the District of Columbia Public Schools
February 26th, 2014
Testimony of Soumya Bhat, Education Finance and Policy Analyst, At the Fiscal Year 2013 Performance Oversight Hearing On the District of Columbia Public Schools
February 24th, 2014
Testimony of Soumya Bhat, Education Finance and Policy Analyst, At the FY 2013 Performance Oversight Hearing for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Unlocking Opportunities: Parent Engagement Services
July 31st, 2014
Unlocking Opportunities: How Poverty Affects a Child’s Ability to Learn
April 16th, 2014
Our Thoughts for Tomorrow’s DC Public Schools Budget Hearing
March 13th, 2014
What You Should Know About the DC Education Adequacy Study
February 27th, 2014
Highlights of DCFPI Education Testimony: Improve Non-Instructional Supports at DC Schools and Enhance Data Transparency
February 19th, 2014
Sign-On To Urge Mayor Gray to Invest in At-Risk Students