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District Residents Get Second Opportunity on Schools Budget

2/17/2012, 11:18 a.m.

Mayor Vincent Gray and Deputy Mayor for Education De'Shawn Wright have added a second public hearing on the District's budget for public education on March 8 at 5:30 p.m., with the location to he announced.

The hearing will provide an additional opportunity for public feedback on school-budget issues to complement the already-announced budget hearing, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at H.D. Woodson High School.

The hearings are opportunities for community members to weigh in and offer testimony before the Mayor finalizes Fiscal Year 2013 total budget allocations for D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools.

The additional hearing is a bonus opportunity for the public to provide input prior to the final stages of the budget process. The March 8 hearing will provide an opportunity for feedback on individual budget proposals for DCPS campuses, which will receive their initial allocation proposals shortly after the latest Fiscal Year 2013 revenue projections are provided later this month by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and reviewed by the mayor's office.

Initial budget allocations are the overall amounts each DCPS school receives within which to craft its budgets. These school-budget allocations are the vehicles through which school communities propose the specific staff positions and non-personnel spending that they need to enable their students to achieve. These schools then submit their proposed budgets back to DCPS.

Gray and Wright look forward to holding these two hearings and having the community weigh in on such important matters. Members of the public are invited to testify. Testimony may be limited to three (3) minutes per witness and five (5) minutes per organization or group. Those wishing to testify on February 22 at H.D. Woodson High School should contact Joshua Thompson in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education via e-mail at joshua.thompson@dc.gov or by telephone at 202.701.9289 no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17.

Those wishing to testify on March 8 (location TBD) should contact Joshua Thompson in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education via e-mail at joshua.thompson@dc.gov or by telephone at 202.701.9289 no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6.