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STATEMENT: DC Fiscal Policy Institute Applauds Mayor’s Increase in School Funding

“The Mayor’s announcement to increase the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula (UPSFF) by four percent—one of the largest increases in recent years—is a step in the right direction toward ensuring all DC students have the resources they need to thrive.”

“This increase, with the promise to target additional funds to schools in Wards 7 and 8, where Black children experience the highest rates of child poverty in the District, show the Chancellor and Mayor’s commitment to fund schools more equitably.”

“While four percent is a strong investment in our city’s students, more is needed to keep up with anticipated inflation and adequately fund all of our schools. A six percent increase to the UPSFF would put us on a path to closing the adequacy gap within two years.”

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Gail Zuagar

Gail Zuagar

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