Education Spotlight

A Changing Landscape: Examining How Public Charter School Enrollment Is Growing in DC


Enrollment in the District of Columbia’s public charter schools leapt from a quarter of all DC students a decade ago to nearly half of all DC students in the 2015-2016 school year. While the gap in enrollment growth rates between DC Public Schools and public charter schools has narrowed significantly in recent years, the charter […]


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Solid Footing: Reinforcing the Early Care and Education Economy for Infants and Toddlers in DC


The District of Columbia (DC) is a vibrant, diverse, financially stable city that has become one of the most expensive places to live in the nation. It also ranks among the five major U.S. cities with the greatest income inequality. Because of this economic divide, the District struggles to create equity among its population, particularly […]


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A Look At DC Public Charter School Finances: Revenue And Spending Per Student


Charter schools serve over 44 percent of all public school students in the District and are funded with over $600 million in local resources. Understanding how the charter school sector spends these resources on a school level is critical for DC government and the public to conduct adequate financial oversight. The DC Public Charter School […]


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Unlocking Opportunities: Services That Help Poor Children Succeed In the Classroom


DCFPI has launched a 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 could more strategically […]


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 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.  “At-Risk” Funding For High-Poverty Schools fact sheet DC Public Schools FY 2017 Budget Development Timeline2015-2016 Report on How “At-Risk” Funds Are Used in DC Public Schools (as submitted to DC Council, Oct 2015)

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2015-2016 Report on How “At-Risk” Funds Are Used in Public Charter Schools (as submitted to DC Council, Oct 2015)

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Addendum to report

Bringing a Child Care Salary Supplement Program to DC