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.
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Testimony of Soumya Bhat at the Public Hearing on B21-34, the Books from Birth Act of 2015, March 19, 2015
March 6th, 2015
Testimony of Soumya Bhat at the Performance Oversight Hearing for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, March 6, 2015
November 17th, 2014
Testimony of Soumya Bhat, At the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Hearing for District of Columbia Public Schools
June 19th, 2014
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
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September 23rd, 2014
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Unlocking Opportunities: A Forum on Helping DC’s Low-Income Students Succeed
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Unlocking Opportunities: Parent Engagement Services
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