Education is one of the largest areas of the DC budget and includes several substantial agencies and functions. The final Fiscal Year 2013 budget includes a two percent increase for DC Public Schools and Public Charter Schools. Whether or not schools have adequate capacity to handle the increased enrollment and a larger special education population is still in question, however, because staffing costs in DCPS are growing faster than the budget increase. Moreover, special education funding and staffing appear to be cut. Key services for school-age children such as summer school and afterschool programs will see reductions in FY 2013, while facilities modernization will see an increase.
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